The new five level building features six main courtrooms with the capacity to vary their use to meet caseload requirements, and also provides dedicated courtrooms for higher jurisdictions complete with a jury box, custody dock and space to accommodate up to three judges.
The design aspirations for the courthouse were to create an architecture that reflects the values of an open, transparent and accessible justice system. Public waiting spaces and courtrooms are generous in scale, calm in character, filled with abundant natural light that connect seamlessly with country.
Safety is a key feature of the building with entry screening equipment, Court Security Officers and separate areas for opposing parties. The building includes 23 multi-use interview rooms and break out spaces that are available for use by a range of clinical, legal and voluntary service providers.
The Shepparton Law Courts was designed in association with GHD Woodhead and Guymer Bailey Architects. Stage 2 works, which include demolition of the old 1980s building, development of a new landscaped forecourt and completion of the main building façade, and the refurbishment of the 1930s courthouse into a Specialist Family Violence Court, is scheduled for completion in late 2018.