Government is committed to improving access to justice and the courts.
The Lower Fraser Valley Court Strategy is based on growth projections in the region over the next 20 years, with plans underway to expand the Surrey courthouse and a commitment to build a new courthouse in Abbotsford.
Longer-term projects include a new five-courtroom provincial courthouse in Langley, further expansion of Surrey’s courthouse by three provincial courtrooms and expansion of Chilliwack’s courthouse by two provincial courtrooms.
Facts: Surrey Courthouse
- The $33.5-million expansion project is expected to be complete by early 2018.
- Once built, the new courthouse will:
- Add three courtrooms and two hearing rooms to the existing 14 courtrooms in the provincial courthouse.
- Feature technology that can reduce the length and cost of trials through advanced evidence presentation and touch-screen capabilities.
- Provide a wheelchair-accessible witness box and jury box.
- Allow for remote appearance of participants through an integrated videoconference system.
- Surrey’s courthouse has the largest criminal caseload in the province and the second-highest volume of provincial civil small claims cases.
Facts: Abbotsford Courthouse
- The new Abbotsford courthouse will be built within the city centre civic precinct on land leased to the Province by the City of Abbotsford.
- The estimated $150-million project will proceed through requests for qualifications and proposals in 2017 with design and construction expected to commence in mid-2018.
- The 14-room courthouse will include three Supreme Court courtrooms, eight provincial court courtrooms and three judicial conference rooms.
- The project is expected to create over 1,000 jobs during the course of construction and will be open and operating in 2021.
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