Weather delays court opening

DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Last updated 13:13 04/06/2014
oamaru temporary court

IN PLACE: Oamaru's new temporary court on Humber St.

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Oamaru's new temporary court is set to open by the end of June.

Three prefabricated buildings were placed on foundations at the Humber St site last week, with groundwork for the buildings having been completed in mid-May.

It's not the first time the buildings have been used for court service - the courtroom and holding cells were used as a temporary courthouse in Christchurch following the February 2011 earthquake.

A public waiting area, as well as areas for judges and staff, have been designed specifically for use in Oamaru.

Oliver Searle, private secretary to Courts Minister Chester Borrows, says the official opening was planned for mid-June, however due to poor weather this has been delayed till late June.

The last court session at the Oamaru Opera House is likely to be on June 11, with services then moving to the temporary facility, located in the Oamaru Licensing Trust carpark behind the Brydone Hotel.

Searle says it's likely Borrows will be attending the opening if his schedule allows it.

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- The Timaru Herald

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