$300k audio visual upgrade for Port court

Port Kembla Courthouse has been given a technology boost, courtesy of a new audio visual link system.

The high-definition system has been installed in both of the courthouse’s courtrooms, allowing magistrates and judges to hear video bail applications and appearances from prisons.

The installation was part of a $300,000 upgrade at the courthouse.

Attorney-General Greg Smith said the use of the audio visual link (AVL) reduced the need to transport prisoners to court.

‘‘This not only saves millions of dollars for taxpayers, it makes our courts safer and minimises disruption to prisoner rehabilitation programs,’’ he said.

‘‘Prisoners appearing via AVL can see and hear what is happening in court and can participate in the proceedings in the same way that they would if they were sitting in the dock.’’

Video technology has also been installed in a remote witness room, enabling vulnerable people, like sexual assault victims, to give ‘‘in camera’’ evidence.

‘‘Instead of facing their alleged attacker in court, the victim will be able to testify from the privacy of a remote witness room,’’ Mr Smith said.