There are many reasons people appear in court, and the type of person likely to appear in court varies considerably by the type of offence or matter. For example, a filing for divorce is likely to come from someone in their thirties or forties while someone appearing on a drink-driving offence is more likely to be in their twenties. If these propensities are stable over time, how will that affect the need for courtrooms and judges in 20 or 40 years’ time?
Why Forecast Future Courtroom Requirements?
It is important to carry out long term planning for courtrooms to ensure that there is a sufficient number of courtrooms and judges, ideally located in areas where they can be easily reached by staff and the public. Court complexes, particularly for criminal matters, are complex buildings which need to take into account the needs of security, management of prisoners and the variety of people attending them. They are expensive to build and difficult to subsequently change. Hence proper planning is essential.