THE decision to discontinue the County Court circuit in Sale has been met with dismay and disappointment by local residents, state parliament has been told.
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said state government intervention was needed to keep the County Court in Sale.
He said the Chief Judge of the County Court had advised it could no longer hold circuit in Sale because of the nature of the historical but outdated building, which resulted in the risk of mistrials.
Mr O’Brien said the condition and maintenance of the building was a matter for the state government to address.
“The Attorney-General should be working with Court Services Victoria to ascertain what works are needed and then fund them appropriately,” he added.
“In this day and age, to force people from Wellington shire to travel to Morwell, which is already a busy court, just because the Sale court is outdated, is not acceptable.
“The Wellington Shire already feels like state government services are being reduced or ignored — think TAFE, trains and health services.”
Mr O’Brien said the state government was responsible for funding the court system, and should ensure adequate facilities were provided to allow the County Court to continue.
He said Attorney General Martin Pakula was taking up the issue with the County Court, at his request.