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Three men lift disabled woman to courtroom, elevators still out of service

Published:Monday | January 19, 2015 | 3:38 PM
Sixty-eight-year-old, Joyce Burke-Scott being lifted up the stairs of the Supreme Court
Sixty-eight-year-old, Joyce Burke-Scott being lifted up the stairs of the Supreme Court

Barbara Gayle and Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writers

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Three men at Jamaica’s Supreme Court in downtown Kingston had to lift an elderly disabled woman to a courtroom this morning as the elevators on the building continue to be out of service.

The Supreme Court building only has a ramp at its entrance.

Sixty-eight-year-old, Joyce Burke-Scott spoke to The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre before being lifted from the ground floor to courtroom 11 on the third floor.

Burke-Scott said the situation is disgraceful.

She explains that because she could not manage to climb the stairs, a court official brought her a wheelchair.

However, that could not help as the elevators usually used to transport wheel-chaired bound persons were not working.

Her daughter, Jennifer Smile, says it is shameful that the building housing one of Jamaica's highest courts has no accommodation for persons with disabilities.

Meanwhile, she is criticising an administrator of the court who she claims told her that the family’s lawyer should have made arrangements for the matter to be heard in a more accessible courtroom.

According to Smile, Jamaica's courts must be accessible to everyone in the society.

Last October, the Jamaican Parliament approved the Disabilities Act, which makes provisions to safeguard and enhance the welfare of persons with disabilities across Jamaica.

Among its stipulations is that public buildings should accessible to everyone.


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