Security upgrade coming to Murray Bridge Magistrates Court

Walk-through scanners and more sherriffs will soon become the norm for anyone visiting the courthouse on Bridge Street.

Metal detectors and hand-held scanners will be installed at Murray Bridge Magistrates’ Court as part of a $638,000 security upgrade of regional courthouses.

Anyone entering the court will need to walk through an airport-style security checkpoint once the new equipment is installed.

The state government will also fund extra sherriff officers as part of its commitment to South Australia’s five busiest regional courts, which will be included in the upcoming state budget.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said it was in every South Australian’s best interests to have a safe, effective justice system.

“This is a significant investment to ensure the safety of victims, court staff and court users,” she said.

“No-one should feel afraid coming to work or attending court as a victim or family member.

“This is all part of our plan to keep South Australia safe and strong.”

The courts at Mount Barker, Berri, Port Pirie and Whyalla will also get security upgrades in 2020-21.

The state government will commit a further $523,000 per year to reducing the risk of harm to judges, court staff and visitors from 2021-22.

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