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Justice Ministry moves to address judge's mosquito concerns

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 9:41 AM

The Justice Ministry is to hold talks today with the Court Management Services in an effort to fullfil a request from a high court judge for the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston to be fumigated.



Yesterday, Justice Gloria Smith said she made the request in light of the chikungunya virus and a problem of mosquitoes in the building.



News also emerged that several gun court matters and a murder trial had to be adjourned this week because court staff, witnesses and jurors are experiencing symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus.



Chikungunya is carried by the mainly day-biting Aedes aegypti mosquito.



Justice Minister Mark Golding last night said he learned of the matter from a Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre report.



He says he will move to have the matter addressed today.



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



The Home Circuit Court has more than 500 cases in backlog.



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