Region’s new magistrat to ease court delays

The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria has increased its capacity in the region, with the allocation of an additional Magistrate which could see less delays and a more streamlined court system locally.

Increasing from four to five Magistrates as of July 1 in the Loddon Mallee region, which includes Maryborough, Castlemaine and Bendigo, the additional Magistrate means court matters may be heard earlier and will assist in managing the region’s busy workload.

Maryborough Police Acting Senior Sergeant Travis Dole said local police are supportive of having an extra Magistrate, as it may assist police and the public in having matters heard earlier.

“An additional Magistrate may assist with having matters heard sooner, especially for matters which have gone past mention and contest mention hearings, such as complex matters that may require longer sitting times,” he said.

“The extra Magistrate may also assist with having court heard on other days due to contest mentions or special mentions, which should alleviate any backlog.”

The additional Magistrate position brings with it bolstered police prosecutor numbers in the region, with the Bendigo Prosecutions Unit, which services Maryborough, set to increase in size.

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