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Government spending millions to upgrade courthouses

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2015 | 12:01 PM

The Government is expending significant sums to rehabilitate courthouses across the island, in order to strengthen the administration of justice.

This disclosure was made by Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding at last Friday's official handover of the Public Building North at Justice Square, downtown Kingston.

"Our physical infrastructure continues to be a top priority. The ministry is currently undertaking much needed work in at least three of the islands court, while three others opened in the past year and half after prolonged closures," he said.

Just over $9 million has been spent on renovations to the two-storey Santa Cruz Courthouse in St. Elizabeth, which included the construction of a wheelchair lift to improve access by persons with physical disabilities.

"This is important given the passage of the Disabilities Act in 2014, which makes provisions to safeguard and ensure the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities," the Justice Minister said.