SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Court staff will be doing their own Olympic sprint in Sydney, working overtime to make sure criminals and their victims get swift justice during the Games.
Although authorities say they are not expecting a major upsurge in crime during the Sept. 15 to Oct. 1 Games, two special courts will sit for 12 hours a day, seven days a week handling only Olympic-related offences.
"We want to avoid a situation where an Olympic visitor would have to incur extra costs by having to come back because they have been charged or are a witness," Jennifer Dakers, spokeswoman for the New South Wales attorney-general's office, said Wednesday.
Most non-Olympic crime cases will be dealt with after the Games, although urgent matters like applications to take children into care will continue.
Athletes are also getting special treatment -- 50 Sydney lawyers have offered their services free to Olympic competitors who take grievances to a specially convened Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The CAS, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, is establishing a temporary Sydney courtroom to deal with potential appeals against doping-related charges, disqualifications and other disputes.