Legal precinct to be explored

Peter Doyle outside Campbelltown Council's building. Picture: Simon Bennett

Peter Doyle outside Campbelltown Council’s building. Picture: Simon Bennett

The general manager and mayor of Campbelltown Council will explore the possibility of establishing new court facilities in the CBD.

The council decided in its meeting last week to liaise with relevant state and federal ministers and authorities to discuss bringing a federal circuit court in Campbelltown.

There will also be discussions about creating a major justice precinct – like Parramatta – in the CBD.

Councillor Paul Lake raised the motion at last Tuesday’s meeting and said the growth of Campbelltown as a city paved the way for a legal precinct.

He said the council owned several buildings and properties which could be utilised for additional court facilities and it was worth discussing the possibility with organisations like the NSW Law Society.

Local barrister Peter Doyle spoke at the meeting and said Campbelltown’s seven existing courts were constantly at capacity and people would frequently have to travel out of area for matters that could not be dealt with at the local court.

He suggested the Campbelltown Council building site would be a perfect place to house another court due to its close proximity to the current courthouse.