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Courts as fortresses

By johnboy - 29 September 2008 22

Simon Corbell has announced that a security upgrade at the courts has come into effect today. So our learned friends will need to allow more time to get in and out while they pass through the metal detectors and get their bags x-rayed.

Apparently it’s not due to any rise in violence in our courts, just keeping up with national standards.

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22 Responses to
Courts as fortresses
Thumper 10:15 pm 29 Sep 08

Hehe..

Yeah, that too…. 😉

Must be the rock and roll life style…

Thursday that is…

Aurelius 10:11 pm 29 Sep 08

Thumper, you were at The Front on Thursday. Tuesday you were at Filthy’s. Getting old and forgetful matey?

ant 9:07 pm 29 Sep 08

How things change. I remember when they first built those new courts, and added some lovely sculptural garden art: fist-sized tumbled stones in the garden-bed things.

Eventually they realised the error of this and, I can’t remember, they either glued them down or put mesh over them.

Thumper 7:59 pm 29 Sep 08

Hey Scooter,

were you at the Front last Tuesday night?

swamiOFswank 7:44 pm 29 Sep 08

Hey scooter…I’m glad things worked out for you that way, but it’s not always the case. I was supporting a woman applying for a personal protection order (AVO) against a male who had threatened to kill her (and quite a history of acting out violently). We were made to sit and wait in an enclosed area not bigger than my loungeroom with him and his family staring us down, talking and staring – frightening intimidation tactics. We suffered this for close to an hour before I’d had enough and made a complaint to a court officer about it. We were then allowed to sit elsewhere away from them, but received no other assistance or…god forbid, compassion or understanding.

Pandy 6:27 pm 29 Sep 08

I agree that the courts had an amazing lack of security.

fhakk 5:45 pm 29 Sep 08

There are other ways out, however. A number of fire escapes, plus the loading dock in the back if you ask the security guards nicely.

scootergal 5:21 pm 29 Sep 08

From my recent experience, as long as you the victim get there ealier, you are placed in a room and do not even have to see the offenders until you present at court.

That in itself provides a good deal more of a feeling fo safety than anything else, but these new measures will also help.

Oyour god, Simon did something right!

Deadmandrinking 5:06 pm 29 Sep 08

p1 said :

Nothing quite matches the feeling you get when you realise that the reporters and camera men waiting out side the court are there to film you…

Or when they’re not and they’re training their camera on you when you’re nipping outside for a smoke. A family member of mine who works there experiences this sometimes.

Skidbladnir 4:31 pm 29 Sep 08

fhakk said :

There’s only going to be one entrance/escape route out of the Magistrates Court, with plans to close the back entrance facing Vernon Circle.

This situation would be ideal if, not just the media, but _anyone_ wanted to target a victim, offender, witness, or court employee.

The hunting term for a situation with one way in and one way out is ‘a trap’.

p1 4:29 pm 29 Sep 08

Nothing quite matches the feeling you get when you realise that the reporters and camera men waiting out side the court are there to film you…

fhakk 4:07 pm 29 Sep 08

The media should be pretty happy about the new arrangements as well – There’s only going to be one entrance/escape route out of the Magistrates Court, with plans to close the back entrance facing Vernon Circle. Many a time have journos been forced to stake out both exits, running like mad when a Person of Interest attempts to flee.

regularbrowse 12:34 pm 29 Sep 08

At last! The new security measures are great for the staff at court buildings and all the people who go there for cases (everyone from victims to witnesses and even lawyers).

Anyone who has ever attended the Magistrates Court on the days when family domestic violence matters are heard will understand the value of having metal detectors installed. On those days you have a waiting room full of people who think violence is an acceptable way to communicate or respond to anything they don’t like. And their victims have to wait in the same area too.

Aurelius 11:47 am 29 Sep 08

Courts are a natural target of violence.
It was only a matter of time before someone hijacked one, and flew it into a skyscraper.

jakez 11:45 am 29 Sep 08

As sound a reason as any…

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