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Kathy Smith resigns due to return of cancer
Council withdraws Bullion St carpark from sale
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Council presses Cabinet on channel dredging
Chief magistrate presses on with court changes
Lawyer receives scathing letter from chief magistrate
Labor branch condemns rail crossing decision
Demand for new villas and large homes
Time for a new Member, says Chamber
One Nation not registered for Gosford by-election
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Liberal candidate to be announced soon
Best wishes for Kathy Smith
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Nursing student seriously assaulted
Government insists election will be held on September 9
Let administrator merge planning schemes, says Wales
Gosford audit report delayed until March
More water refill stations
Premier confirms election timing
Progress association to hold annual meeting
New member at Rotary
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Community fair
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No evidence new wharf is needed
Apply jetski ban to Central Coast
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PCYC gym club is small club of the year
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Outstanding results in tough conditions
Hayden is junior lifesaver of the year
Social golf club celebrates 50 years
Annual match with blind cricket team
No victories for Peninsula teams

Chief magistrate presses on with court changes

NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson will push ahead with plans to remove Local Court sittings from Woy Woy Court House and turn it into a full-time Children's Court.

A written statement from the Chief Magistrate's office said: "After carefully reviewing feedback from local stakeholders, the Chief Magistrate will move Local Court sittings to Gosford, freeing up Woy Woy Court House to become a full time Children's Court for the Central Coast.

"The Children's Court will continue to have one list day a month at Wyong, however, all defended proceedings will be dealt with at Woy Woy," the statement from Judge Henson said.

"It has long been the philosophy of the Children's Court that, wherever possible, children should not have their matters dealt with at Local Court buildings to ensure their safety and reduce the stress and trauma of having to appear in court.

"The Local Court currently sits at Woy Woy one day a week to do list work.

"Defended proceedings have, for many years, been listed at and dealt with at Gosford Local Court.

"The caseload at Woy Woy has been in decline for many years.

"In 2009, there were 1600 new matters commenced at Woy Woy.

"In 2015 that figure had dropped to 1010.

"It should be noted that Woy Woy is just over 12 kilometres from Gosford.

"The average train trip or motor vehicle trip is 15 minutes.

"In other changes, the Chief Magistrate has increased Local Court sitting days at Wyong from 32 days per month to 40 days per month to deal with the increased workload.

"Local Court sittings have also increased at Gosford to allow for two magistrates to sit full time at this location," Judge Henson's statement said.

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