Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Geelong Night Court needed

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (14:04): My question is to the Attorney-General. Geelong and its surrounding regions have seen unrivalled population growth. Naturally, a growth in population has led to greater demand on Geelong’s courts. Melbourne has had great success with its night courts, which operate seven nights a week. The Magistrates Court in Geelong operates during normal business hours, but there is undoubtedly a need for it to also sit at night to consider any outstanding bail applications, particularly before weekends, and to get more cases moving to try to reduce our cloggedup court system. My question is: given the Attorney-General’s focus on creating new court initiatives to make our legal system more efficient, why is the government holding back from expanding night courts to Geelong, at least for a few nights anyway?


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