PENRITH Courthouse will receive a multi-million dollar redevelopment to bring the tired complex up to standard as case numbers continue to increase.
The number of cases seen at Penrith courts has continued to increase over the past three years and solicitors and clients have complained about facilities.
Penrith-based solicitor Oliver Hargen said the local courthouse was desperately in need of an upgrade.
"You often see solicitors sitting in the hallways consulting with their clients, which is sometimes a problem when you need a bit of privacy," he said.
The number of consultation rooms will be increased from three to 11, wheelchair access will be added and electronic processing services will be among the improvements when development starts in January.
The district and local courts will be closed for that period, forcing proceedings to be shuffled around the region.
A number of lawyers said that would cause some short-term chaos but should be worth it in the long run.
Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said the closure would be a minor disruption.
"The temporary closure of the court will ensure the renovations can be completed efficiently and with a minimum of disruptions to court hearings," he said.
Attorney General Greg Smith said the upgrade was not before time.
"This will be the largest single renovation project undertaken at Penrith Courthouse in decades and all court users will benefit," he said.