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Justice Ministry to be relocated

Published:Wednesday | March 9, 2016 | 3:47 AM

The Justice Ministry will be relocating to 61 Constant Spring Road in Kingston following the closure of it's offices in St Andrew by Public Health officials.

As a result of the move, the Justice Ministry says from March 9-16, its regular services will be scaled down from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The closure by Public Health authorities came a day after Delroy Chuck was sworn in as Justice minister. 

Yesterday, Chuck told The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre that he and his staff were given until 1 in the afternoon to vacate all the floors occupied by the Justice Ministry at the NCB Towers in St Andrew.

However, the South East Regional Authority would not immediately provide an explanation as to why the offices were closed.

In March 2014, officials from the Health Ministry, Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and the National Environment and Planning Agency visited the offices to examine ventilation issues.

Public Health authorities then ordered the closure of the second floor offices.

At the time, the Justice Ministry complained that several of its employees showed signs of serious illness, and some had to seek medical attention.

The Justice Ministry also reported that the longstanding ventilation problem had been reported to the Michael Lee Chin-owned AIC Group which controls the NCB South Towers where the Justice Ministry is housed.