The state government says there are no plans to change the current sitting arrangements at Warrnambool's Magistrates Court.
Information received by The Standard revealed a regional coordinating magistrate was working with the sitting magistrate to ensure that lists were being managed appropriately and resources allocated as necessary.
It comes after an experienced Geelong-based barrister said on Friday the Warrnambool Magistrates Court did not have the capacity to deal with its case load, to which magistrate Mark Stratmann replied: "I hear that loud and clear."
It was after 2pm and the barrister's client was one of three people whose bail applications or pleas were adjourned off to another date due to time constraints.
Victoria's magistrates courts last year began sitting only between 10am and 4pm, in an effort to reduce pressure on the judiciary and other court staff.
But a growing caseload makes it difficult for magistrates to deliver justice under time pressures, and some defendants are waiting months before their matter is heard before a court.
On Monday, a visiting magistrate adjourned a matter to the next available date, which was in December.
"So I've got to adjourn it for two-and-a-half months... is that really what has been happening here?," magistrate Michael Coghlan asked a police prosecutor, who replied: "Yes sir".
Information received from the office of the state's Attorney-General Jill Hennessy on Monday afternoon revealed there were no plans to change the current sitting arrangements at Warrnambool.
A spokesman said the state government was "funding more magistrates, more judges and more prosecutors to meet growing demand and take pressure off the system".
"We recognise the demands on magistrates and are fully supportive of the welfare measures that the courts are running, including a 24/7 confidential counselling service, wellbeing programs for magistrates and online resources," he said.
"We're modernising Victoria's appeal processes, to minimise harm to victims and witnesses - ensuring that the time and resources of the state's courts are used in a more efficient and effective way."
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