Sun | Jul 22, 2018

Setting the record straight

Published:Thursday | April 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) welcomes coverage and promotion of the justice reform agenda as evident in the news article appearing in Tuesday's Gleaner, under the headline 'Chapelton Family Court renovated at over $700m'.

We write, however, to correct some inaccuracies in the article:

The Clarendon Family Court as the facility is properly named was refurbished at a cost of approximately $45 million, and not $700 million as stated. Of that amount, $6.7 million was spent on new furniture for the courtrooms and offices.

The European Union (EU) provided funding for this project and not the Government of Canada as stated.

The overall total of $734 million was spent during the last fiscal year (2017-2018) on a comprehensive programme to improve court facilities islandwide (inclusive of the amount spent on the Clarendon Family Court complex)

As work continues in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the ministry remains committed to developing a robust, ethical justice system which integrates modern approaches, processes and infrastructures to serve the interest of victims, offenders and the public at large.

We trust that these corrections will be given equal prominence as the original article.

Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

Rohan Powell/Andrew Canon

Adviser and Consultant to the Minister of Justice, Public Education Specialist