Launceston's unsafe Federal Law Court offices and courtrooms will be relocated after $5.4 million over four years was included in this week's federal budget.
It comes after years of campaigning by court practitioners, who have long raised safety concerns regarding the single entrance for all staff and attendees, the one small lift and the small waiting room.
The location of the new court was yet to be decided, but practitioners have previously visited a site closer to the Launceston Police Station and Magistrates Court which could incorporate multiple access points and a larger space.
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Negotiations over the building were ongoing and its location could not be released at this stage. The initial funding covers these negotiations, with subsequent funding for fit-out and other works. A timeline for the relocation was also yet to be determined.
Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania chair Julia Higgins said they were hopeful of moving ahead as quickly as possible to create a safer environment.
She said the funding announcement came as a surprise, but practitioners were delighted.
"It's something that our organisation, along with the Law Society of Tasmania, have been campaigning for over many, many years," Ms Higgins said.
"[Bass MHR] Bridget Archer has been a really strong advocate and has shown very strong support for the argument that our facilities are not adequate. I was actually really surprised when she called to tell me about the funding, particularly with everything happening at the moment with COVID.
"But for the profession as a whole, we're just elated - not just for the safety of the practitioners and judicial officers, but for all of the people here in the North who use these courts."
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After several delays, Attorney-General Christian Porter planned to visit the courts in April, but this was cancelled due to travel restrictions.
Lawyers had become frustrated at a lack of a response to their letters outlining ongoing safety issues at the courts, including a violent incident in November in which a man damaged the front counter after attempting to jump over it, in the presence of children.
Ms Archer said now that the funding had been announced, the ball was in the court of the judiciary to find a location.
She said it was pleasing to be able to get a positive outcome.
"I've been talking about it for over a year now, it was one of the first meetings I had after I was elected," Ms Archer said.
"With there being only one in-and-out entrance, it's not ideal. It's really fortunate that there hasn't been a serious incident occur there.
"It's important to make sure that not only is it secure and fit for purpose and provides that level of security, but also more comfortable for people ... because when people are in that situation, you want it to be as least stressful as possible."