Overview of Justice and Legal Services Offered at the New Bendigo Courthouse | Bendigo Advertiser

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Bendigo residents will soon get a glimpse behind the scaffolding to see how the city’s future courthouses will put people and community first. Special information sessions will be held at the Bendigo Library on Monday May 16 where the public can learn how to access the services of the new courthouse for their social and legal needs. The courthouse is still under construction and should be completed by the end of the year. MORE NEWS: Federal government promises to help regional journalism When completed, the complex will house a variety of courts and tribunals. As part of Law Week, representatives from these courts and tribunals will be at the briefing to explain the programs on offer when the doors open in early 2023. This includes County Court, Supreme Court , VCAT, Victorian Legal Aid, the Bendigo Law Association, the Court Network volunteer team and many more. People can also learn about efforts to create culturally safe spaces and the establishment of a Koori court in the new building. The new courthouses will feature best-in-class technology for better and smoother processes, both upon arrival and in courtrooms, and will emphasize public entry points and quiet, safe and comfortable waiting areas. Other news: Arrests after $1.8million in stolen property recovered from Heathcote, Sarah Gilmour, senior communications and engagement advisor for Murchison Bendigo Courts of Law Development, says it’s about how people could better access the justice services and therapeutic programs they needed. “It will be a different experience, so we encourage people to sign up for the sessions,” Ms. Gilmour said. The four 30-minute information sessions will take place from 4-6 p.m. inside the Bendigo Library. The event will open with a Dja Dja Wurrung smoking ceremony in Bendigo Library Gardens at 3.45pm. Law Week runs from Monday May 16 to Sunday May 22. To register for one of the Monday sessions, visit lawweek.net.au/event/a-sneak-peek-inside-bendigos-future-court/ or the Bendigo Library website. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:


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