November 20, 2017
The first cases were heard in the Kingaroy Magistrates Court on Monday, marking the end of the $5.31 million refurbishment of the old building.
Staff have been busily carting files and office equipment back across Kingaroy Street from the temporary courthouse in a former bottleshop which has been serving Kingaroy since April.
The new courthouse features a lift which will assist both defendants and witnesses with disabilities to reach the main courtroom on the second floor.
A covered walkway allows people bring held in custody in the watchhouse to be brought directly into the court house safely and securely.
There are security cameras mounted around the outside of the building as well as in key areas inside.
The downstairs courtroom – which is used by the Kingaroy Magistrate when District Court is sitting upstairs, and also by various tribunals – has been enlarged and now features its own videolink system.
Glass panels have been installed in both courtrooms to separate visitors from the defendant and the bar table.
A special area has been created to allow child witnesses to give video evidence in a safe and secure environment well away from the actual courtrooms.
New soundproof interview rooms have also been created for solicitors to speak to their clients in privacy.
The date for an official opening of the building is yet to be set.