Portland residents will no longer have to travel for over an hour for their court proceedings following the completion of renovations at the 176-year-old magistrates' court.
The $575,000 refurbishment of the Portland Magistrates Court came to an end this month with the court house reopening on June 16.
The refurbishment included internal and external painting, replacement of roof spouting and down pipes, repairs to timber winds and external elements, such as retaining walls, and accessible infrastructure such as access ramps, handrails and external toilets.
Works began at the end of January and all court matters were heard at Warrnambool during the closure.
A registrar was temporarily set up at the Portland office of child welfare organisation OzChild.
Earlier this year, Portland lawyer Pat Howman, of HBH Legal, said court users had "really struggled in recent years to be able to manage our cases and clients adequately".
"The Portland Magistrates Court is the oldest court house in Victoria," he said.
"We've always said to our clients 'we will meet you at our office, which is the second tree to the left', which is just a bit of a joke that described how much our court (was) lacking in facilities."
Mr Howman said the upgrades were "long-awaited".
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