Coroner's Court matters shifted to Sutton Street following fire
The Justice Ministry has shifted Corporate Area Coroner’s Court matters to the Civil Court on Sutton Street following Wednesday's fire at the Duke Street building that housed the Coroner's Court and the Family Court Attendance Centre.
In a release this afternoon, the ministry said all persons with Coroner's Court matters should go to the Sutton Street facility on their scheduled dates.
Permanent Secretary in the Justice Ministry, Carol Palmer says the ministry has already started discussions with the Urban Development Corporation regarding possible relocation sites.
The Ministry of Justice says it will use its Emergency Procurement methodology to obtain the required furniture and equipment.
The Ministry will also be using that system to expedite the renovation of the facility at 2 Hagley Park Road, St Andrew for the relocation of the Coroner’s Court, and the Corporate Area Traffic Court.
It says a timeline for completion will be established once all the necessary assessments have been done.
The ministry also says the public should note that the activities of the Special Coroner, which are located at Sutton Street, have not been affected by the fire.
In the meantime, the ministry said it is seeking an alternative location for the Attendance Centre.
The centre operates as a non-residential rehabilitation centre for young people 12 to 18 years who have dropped out of the formal educational system and need to be assisted in the rehabilitation process, and thereby assists in carrying out some of the Orders of the Family Court.