The following feedback has been received during community consultation forums:

 

Feedback Provided
  • Treatment programs (Treatment Intervention Court and Abuse Prevention Program) are valued in Mount Gambier. There are no programs on offer outside of the Courts. Drug treatment services are limited, there is no resident psychiatrist and there are no DV services. If no treatment programs are offered through the Court, there is nothing in Mount Gambier to replace them.
  • Consideration should be given to sitting in Council chambers for some of the smaller locations (Millicent, Naracoorte, and Bordertown).
  • There would be a potential impact on victims, particularly women, experiencing domestic violence. Delay in the criminal justice response may result in victims returning to the violent relationship.
  • Closures might add to delays. Victims wait a long time for a result, particularly in District Court matters. This adds to the trauma.
  • Closures are likely to have greatest impact on poor people.
  • It is difficult to travel between Naracoorte and Mount Gambier. There is no public transport. Some people, particularly young people, do not have a driver’s licence.
  • A community bus is not viable. It would mean co-accused, victims, witnesses, etc all sharing the bus.
  • No AVL facilities at Millicent and Naracoorte. Can’t always hear what is being said.
  • AVL to prisons is disruptive to the flow of matters in the court. Senior practitioners have to wait (sometimes for an hour or more) even if only asking for an adjournment, while junior practitioners have matters dealt with via AVL.
  • The use of public facilities offers no confidentiality for victims.

 

Provide Feedback

View a summary of feedback of these consultations via the links for each location. If you wish to provide feedback directly, please email community consultations.