The Holden Hill Magistrates Court will officially close its doors for the last time today.
The closure, which was announced in March this year, is a result of severe budget cuts imposed on the Courts Administration Authority by the Weatherill Labor Government.
“Our court system is under massive amounts of stress from an increased workload and the closure of the Holden Hill Magistrates Court will only add to this stress,” said Shadow Attorney-General Vickie Chapman.
“The Attorney-General’s decision to cut funds to the Courts Administration Authority, which has led to today’s closure of the Holden Hill Magistrates Court and the partial closure of the Tanunda and Mt Barker Magistrates Court, should be condemned.
“The closure of the Holden Hill Magistrates Court will restrict access to justice for people living in the North Eastern suburbs.
“It will also increase the time it takes to process cases and delay justice for victims.”
Cases heard in the Magistrates Court include common driving offences and criminal trespass, as well as civil cases such as domestic building disputes and disputes between landlords and tenants.
“The closure comes at a time when the Weatherill Labor Government has abandoned plans to redevelop the City Courts Precinct, which is also adding to increased workloads for the Magistrates Courts and is seeing case waiting times spiralling out of control,” said Ms Chapman.
“The closure comes at a time when the Government should be increasing the public’s access to justice, not diminishing it by cutting funds and closing courts.”