Four courts that now lack space for meeting rooms, waiting rooms and even jury rooms will be housed in a new building on a 7,509 square metre site in western Kowloon under a plan proposed by the judiciary. Tsuen Wan Court will move from its present cramped quarters to the 70-metre-high building in Cheung Sha Wan, which will also take in the Small Claims Tribunal from Wan Chai and the Coroner's Court and Obscene Articles Tribunal from Sai Wan Ho. The twin-tower building, the cost of which is still being worked out, is expected to be completed between 2014 and 2015. The judiciary says the move will enable it to deploy more resources and possibly cut waiting time. 'Tsuen Wan Magistrate's Court has been used for more than 30 years,' deputy judiciary administrator (operations) Arthur Ng Sek-hon told a meeting of the Sham Shui Po District Council, in whose area the building is planned. 'The facilities there fail to meet the needs.' Ng said concentrating the four courts in one place would enable better resource allocation. But council members called for more information about the height of the building and whether the site is being properly utilised. The judiciary said in a paper outlining the plan that the building at the junction of Tung Chau Street and Tonkin Street West would house about 30 courtrooms in 18,000 square metres of floor space including two basement levels. The two court towers would have greening and energy-saving facilities such as roof gardens and solar energy panels. The paper said Tsuen Wan Court lacked formal conference rooms, press rooms and courts for juvenile cases as well as waiting rooms. The Small Claims Tribunal had no formal waiting rooms or meeting rooms for witnesses and cases had to be discussed in public lobbies or corridors. The Coroner's Court also lacked meeting rooms, waiting rooms and a jury room, while the Obscene Articles Tribunal was short of space to store materials, such as magazines and videotapes, for its cases. The four courts, which together had about 20 courtrooms, also needed a small library for officers to store law books, judgments and other legal information, the paper said. All these needs would be met in the new building. According to judiciary figures, the waiting time for summonses from plea to date of trial at magistrate's courts was 78 days last year, longer than the target of 50 days. The waiting time for the Coroner's Court from date of listing to hearing increased from 36 days in 2007 to 40 days last year. The paper said the judiciary wanted to hire more staff to shorten waiting times but had not done so because of the lack of room. Sham Shui Po District Council vice-chairman Tam Kwok-kiu said the planned plot ratio meant the site was not being fully utilised. 'I suggest housing the Lands Tribunal and Labour Tribunal, too,' he said. Another councillor, Chong Chi-tat, said the department had not given enough information. 'There are many details not shown in the paper, such as the towers' height and the distance between the two towers, as well as the number of rooms,' he said.