Oamaru court cases dealt with earlier
The Oamaru District Court has achieved a 34.5 per cent reduction in the time it takes to deal with criminal cases but Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean would rather see the district with a permanent courthouse.
Acknowledging the time taken by the court to process a case now averages 47 days, one of the New Zealand courts strongest results, Mrs Dean said the time reduction achieved was a good result.
“We’ve made some excellent headway in Oamaru as we work towards keeping everyone’s time in the court system to a minimum. I want to thank the court staff and local lawyers for their patience which had been tested over the past few years.
"They continue to work hard to achieve the Government's target of halving the time it takes to deliver justice services. Our courts have a hard-earned reputation for fairness and impartiality, but they also need to move cases efficiently through the system.
"However, it is also an opportune time to reaffirm my main focus is on working towards returning our court services to a permanent home," Mrs Dean said.