MONCTON (CNB) – The new Moncton Law Courts building was officially opened today.

The ceremony was attended by Premier David Alward; Marie-Claude Blais, minister of justice and consumer affairs as well as attorney general; and Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams.

"This new building, equipped with modern technology and other features that greatly enhance security, is an excellent example of our government's commitment to providing safe and secure access to the justice system," Alward said. "It is also an impressive new landmark for Moncton."

The complex, which covers about 12,150 square metres (135,000 sq. ft.), features 15 courtrooms, two hearing rooms, a new secure detention centre as well as chambers for the judiciary. It also has offices for court services administration personnel, public prosecutions, lawyers, sheriffs, police and staff from other provincial departments.

"The Government of New Brunswick is committed to upholding the administration of justice throughout the province, and the Moncton Law Courts are a welcome addition to our province's judicial system," Blais said. "The new courthouse responds to present and future operational requirements for Greater Moncton while ensuring the safety of staff, the judiciary and the public in a facility that is accessible."
 
The first court sessions were held in the facility on Feb. 14.