Labor is attempting to put pressure on the federal government to relocate the Family Court in Launceston as the wait for a response from the Attorney-General to practitioner concerns reaches four months.
Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus met with legal practitioners in Launceston on Friday and toured the courts, which he described as "from another era".
The Examiner also visited the courts - on the corner of George and Brisbane streets - where a single small lift opens onto a security scanning area, before attendees must wait in a small waiting room with about 15 seats.
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About 70 cases can be heard on duty days, meaning at least 150 people including lawyers must wait in the area, heightening safety concerns given some Family Court matters can have backgrounds of family violence.
The federal government has been aware of safety fears since at least August, when the Law Society of Tasmania raised the issue during a tour of the facilities.
The Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania wrote to Attorney-General Christian Porter in October inviting him to visit the court, but has not received a reply.
Mr Dreyfus said it was important for Mr Porter to see the conditions at the court himself so that he could understand the need for a relocation.
"Increasingly, Family Court and Federal Circuit Court design ... sees secure rooms being located within court complexes and separate waiting rooms being provided so that there can be a physical separation for the parties," he said.
"That's what the modern court system calls for. This court is really from another era."
In November, a man attempted to breach the front counter while children were present, resulting in police attendance.
Liberal Bass MHR Bridget Archer said she took the safety concerns of legal practitioners "very seriously" and would continue to advocate for the issue to be resolved.
"I have written several letters to the Attorney-General on this issue and have personally met with him to strongly advocate for the safety of our community," she said.
"I was assured a visit would be happening early in the new year so I expect a visit sooner rather than later."