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Courthouse heats up

Published:Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 7:00 AM

Court proceeding could be disrupted at the Port Antonio Courthouse at Bryans Bay in Portland, as a result of an intense heat-wave commandeering all three courtrooms at that facility.

The intense heat is as a result of a broken-down air-conditioning system, which has reportedly been out of commission for the approximately three months.

During a visit to the courthouse earlier this week, Across the Nation observed several lawyers, including Carl McDonald, along with a group of police officers, sweating profusely as a result of the high humidity.

Despite the presence of at least half a dozen wall fans, it was obvious the hot air was taking its toll not only on the attorneys and the police, but also jurors, clerk of the court, and other persons present for court-related matters.

It is expected that unless conditions improve, the circuit court sessions could suffer delays, as there are whispers among several attorneys, who have hinted that unless the air-conditioned units are repaired, they will be forced to stay away, as it is virtually impossible for them to represent their clients under the present conditions.