Fair, accessible and efficient courts contribute to public confidence in the justice system.
Construction of Bendigo's future court is imminent, with the distinctive new building set to take shape on the Bendigo skyline over the next two years.
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, the innovative future court will support the revitalisation of Bendigo's city precinct, along with GovHub and Bendigo TAFE developments.
Bendigo's future court
Artists impression: View from the corner of Mundy and Hargreaves streets
In addition to previous funding for land acquisition, the Victorian Government provided $152.4 million in the 2019-20 state budget to build a new regional headquarter court in Bendigo for the Loddon Mallee region.
The new court will:
- improve safety and accessibility for all court users, the judiciary, and staff
- better respond to individual needs by introducing more specialist courts and providing space on site for the many agencies and services that engage with the court system
- be digitally enabled to ensure those who work in the court can make the best use of technological advancements
- reduce travel time and pressure on outside courts and tribunals by delivering justice locally
- reduce the time taken to finalise matters by increasing the number of court and hearing rooms, and employing additional judicial officers and staff to operate them
- contribute to the future heritage and revitalisation of the Bendigo city centre.
The Design Approach
Artists impression: internal break out area
With building designs largely complete, the future court is emerging as a vibrant, contemporary response to Bendigo's historic city skyline. A modern, efficient, calming and safe law precinct connected to the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the region.
Strong sustainability credentials will 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, with ongoing engagement ensuring 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.
This means the Koori Court, and specialist courts for family violence, drug matters, mental health assessment and referral will operate on site. 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 so court users can present digital evidence with access to video conferencing, Wi-Fi, and digital recording.
This page was last updated: Wednesday 14 October 2020 - 8:25am