Manukau Courts officially opened

Justice Minister, Amy Adams, officially opened the $51 million upgrade of the Manukau District Court precinct in Auckland on August 28th. She was joined at the ceremony by officials including Mayor Len Brown, Ministry of Justice Chief Executive Andrew Bridgman, Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft, and Manurewa Marae chairman Rangi McLean.

The opening marks the completion of a three stage construction project incorporating a significant refurbishment of the existing courthouse, extended Judicial Chambers and a new building wing. As one of the busiest courthouse in the country, the improved facilities at Manukau provides greater efficiency and a safer environment for witnesses, jurors, members of the public and Ministry employees serving the youngest and fastest growing population in New Zealand.

The development includes new hearing rooms, a large multi defendant court, three new jury courts and additional custodial facilities, along with provision for future expansion to ensure that court is well equipped for the future.  A redeveloped customer services centre caters for members of the public who are not involved in the criminal courts system, with an focus on reducing delays and the improving the court experience for the local community.

Photography: GK Photography