Justice precinct push ramps up

Petition launched
Petition launched

Macarthur Law Society has ramped up its campaign for a multi-jurisdictional legal precinct in the region with the launch of an online petition.

The society has banded with a host of other organisations - including councils, police, business chambers, the NSW Bar Association and other law societies - to lobby state and federal governments into supporting a precinct which would bring together local courts, district courts, family court and emergency services in one place.

Macarthur Law Society president Sarah Reid and vice-president Anthony Gordon attended a morning tea with NSW Law Society president Elizabeth Espinosa last week to discuss the progress of the campaign ahead of the federal election.

"We seem to be getting quite a bit of traction," the society posted on Facebook.

The law society launched the Change.org petition and is hoping to gather as many signatories as possible. Almost 100 people have signed this petition to date.

The petition is directed to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman, NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, Macarthur MP Dr Mike Freelander, Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves, Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith and the NSW Law Society.

A website has also been formed with a breakdown of all the reasons a justice precinct is so vital to the south-west Sydney population: justiceprecinct.org. Businesses interested in supporting the push can contact the Macarthur Law Society and collect brochures and hand-outs.