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Masterton Courthouse - former Shoprite supermarket to be temporary court for criminal hearings

The Ministry of Justice will convert the former Shoprite supermarket on Church Street into a temporary court for criminal hearings.  This will provide an interim solution for criminal hearings until earthquake strengthening work can be carried out on the Masterton Courthouse.

The Ministry has decided on a remediation and refurbishment approach for the courthouse and has started the detailed design work.  The remediation job is estimated to cost up to $3.5 million and will be put out to tender after design work has been completed. It is expected that the courthouse will be available for reoccupation by April 2013. In the interim, the Shoprite site will be used for criminal hearings.  Family and civil hearings will continue to be held at Departmental Building on Chapel Street.

The premises will be built to a high security standard with custodial facilities approved by the Head of Security and agreed by Police and Corrections.

Interim operational arrangements are now well established for other areas where courts have been closed due to seismic assessments. The focus is on options for those courts with higher workloads such as Dunedin and Masterton and returning court services to Christchurch.

The other courts will be considered after that, which is likely to be towards the end of the year.

The Ministry would like to thank members for their understanding and patience as they have put interim services in place.

Last updated on the 6th July 2016