Time for expansion: Prominent Macarthur lawyer Brett McGrath has been vocal in his call for a justice precinct to cater for the region. Picture: Simon Bennett
The likelihood of the Macarthur region becoming home to a multi-jurisdictional justice precinct has just received a boost with NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman indicating the region is considered ‘high priority’ location.
Prominent Macarthur lawyer Brett McGrath has long pushed for improved court services in the region, including federal, local and family courts.
He said it was “very exciting” to hear Mr Speakman’s views on the Macarthur region as a potential home such a precinct.
Mr Speakman told Fairfax Media plans for the precinct were “still under consideration” but there was a definite need for more courthouses in the state.
“The Department of Justice is scoping out what that judicial precinct might be at the moment,” he said.
“The biggest growth and demand we expect will be in the Macarthur region and that is likely to be our number one priority.”
Mr Speakman told the Advertiser the government was “constantly reviewing court capacity” in south-west Sydney.
“Since 2011, the NSW Government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars upgrading courts in NSW and we will continue to monitor court capacity pressure points,” he said.
“The sittings of courts and allocation of judicial officers is always a matter for the relevant head of jurisdiction.”
Campbelltown MP Greg Warren (Labor) said the proposed precinct “must” be in Campbelltown and not elsewhere in the region, like the growing suburbs of Leppington or Oran Park.
“Surely it would be cheaper to expand Campbelltown Court House rather than building an entirely new precinct in the other two areas,” he said.
“In terms of public transport, Campbelltown is the most convenient location with a train station located a stone’s throw away from the court house’s doorstep.”