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New phase for Inverness Justice Centre
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has announced that a milestone has been reached in the creation of The Inverness Justice Centre.
The building has been made wind and watertight and the emphasis has moved to the internal finishes of the purpose-built complex, which is Scotland’s first Justice Centre.
Representatives from the organisations that will be based in the Centre are working together on how to best join up and share services, while also focusing on plans to move into the Centre.
Eric McQueen, Chief Executive of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service said: “This is another key milestone that keeps us firmly on course to open the new Centre in the spring of 2020 and means we can focus on designing the best quality services from the justice centre.”
The Justice Centre, which has six courtrooms and a tribunals hearing room, was visited recently by the Lord President, Lord Carloway. He said: “We are designing a model centre which creates new standards and opportunities for the delivery of justice in the Highlands.”
Preparations are underway for the move from Inverness Sheriff Court to the new Centre in 2020. At that point the ownership of Inverness Castle will transfer to Highland Council to support its plans to boost tourism.