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Judge calls for fumigation of Supreme Court building, fears chikungunya spread

Published:Thursday | September 25, 2014 | 3:09 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A high court judge today requested that the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston, be given urgent attention over fears the chikungunya virus could seriously cripple the court's operations.

Justice Gloria Smith says alot of mosquitoes are on the Supreme Court building.

The judge says she has requested that the building be fumigated.

The virus is spread by the mainly day-biting Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Earlier today, one of the four criminal courts at the Home Circuit Court, adjourned following reports that two of the jurors in a murder matter are experiencing chikungunya-like symptoms.

The case, which has been ongoing in the affected courtroom for the past week, was put off until Monday.

Meanwhile, a number of cases had to be adjourned in the Gun Court this week.

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre understands that witnesses, including police officers could not attend court this week because of chikungunya-like symptoms.

In several of the cases, the accused were reportedly present but the cases had to be adjourned because of the absence of witnesses.

It is also understood that court staff are also being affected by the mosquito-spread virus.

Prosecutors and lawyers told our news centre today that they fear the virus is going to add to the already large backlog of cases in the courts.

The Home Circuit Court, where the Gun Court sits, has more than 500 cases in backlog.


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