Fair, accessible and efficient courts contribute to public confidence in the justice system. A distinctive new court building will take shape in the coming years on the Bendigo skyline.
This landmark civic building will set a new standard for the delivery of justice to the Bendigo community and the wider Loddon Mallee region.
Located on the corner of Mundy and Hargreaves Streets, this innovative court is part of a revitalisation of the Bendigo city precinct, alongside the GovHub and the Bendigo Kangan Institute redevelopment.
Bendigo's future court
The Victorian Government provided $152.4 million in the 2019-20 state budget, in addition to previous funding for land acquisition, to build a new regional headquarter court in Bendigo for the Loddon Mallee Region.
Bendigo's future court will:
- reduce travel times and pressure on courts in neighbouring regions
- minimise delays in finalising court matters by boosting facilities and staffing
- provide an integrated approach to support judicial decision making and therapeutic support for court users, with space for use by community agencies
- offer full custody capability, allowing defendants to be taken directly from custody to court
- increase safety, accessibility and wellbeing for court users, staff and judicial representatives
- revitalise the Bendigo City Centre and economy, including local job creation.
The Design Approach
The future court will be a vibrant, contemporary response to Bendigo's historic city skyline. It will be modern, efficient, calming, safe and connected to the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the region.
The building is designed to achieve the highest standard of sustainability, with initiatives that reduce environmental impacts across multiple areas including energy efficient design, reduced water consumption and improved waste management.
Recognition of Traditional Owners
Court Services Victoria recognises Bendigo's Traditional Owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung. Ongoing engagement is helping to ensure that the new law court reflects their cultural needs and aspirations.
Bendigo's future court will be the first in Victoria to feature a full suite of specialist courts at one location, including a Koori Court, and courts for family violence, drug matters, mental health assessment and referral. It will also be the first in the state to provide specialist Children's Court services on a circuit basis.
It will service the Magistrates' Court of Victoria, Children's Court of Victoria, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as well as the Supreme Court of Victoria, County Court of Victoria and Federal Circuit Court on a circuit basis.
Built over five levels, the court will be digitally enabled to facilitate efficient court processes. It will feature state-of-the-art technology to ensure court users have the capacity to present digital evidence, with access to video conferencing, Wi-Fi, and digital recording.
This page was last updated: Friday 17 April 2020 - 12:21pm