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Gatton court on move during upgrade

ON THE MOVE: The Gatton Magistrates Court has temporarily moved into a shed at the back of the Gatton police station.
ON THE MOVE: The Gatton Magistrates Court has temporarily moved into a shed at the back of the Gatton police station. Amy Lyne

FROM next week, Gatton Magistrates Court cases will be heard in a new location, while the original courtroom and registry are upgraded as part of the One-Stop Shop initiative.

The new courtroom is located in a shed at the back of the Gatton police station and will run from Monday until the end of the year.

Gatton Magistrates Court Registrar Ben Bawden said the shed was chosen for its proximity to the existing courthouse, to avoid public confusion.

The State Government's One-Stop Shop initiative is being piloted in the Lockyer Valley, as well as the Scenic Rim, and the registry will be upgraded to a One-Stop Shop customer centre.

"The new customer centre will offer a broader range of government services to the Gatton community, with the likes of licensing and registration services, birth certificates, court lodgements and stock permits available under the one roof," he said.

"While the One-Stop Shop is under construction, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General is working with the One-Stop Shop team to deliver a new courtroom fitout, including a secure prisoner dock, bar table, witness stand, magistrates' bench and gallery.

"New courtroom technology will also be installed to provide video conferencing, integrated teleconferencing and infrared hearing assist for hearing impaired court users."

Mr Bawden said the temporary courtroom would have a reduced gallery capacity and fewer meeting rooms.

The courtroom would, however, be air-conditioned for comfort.

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