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Supreme Court gets two new courtrooms

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 10:30 AM
Supreme Court - File photo

The planned expansion of the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston moved into another phase this morning with the official hand over of two additional courtrooms at the facility.

Two new elevators were also commissioned into service.

In addressing the handing over ceremony, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck noted that $35 million had been spent on the courtrooms and to restore the elevators.

Chuck pointed out that this came on the heels of the signing yesterday of an $845 million contract for the expansion of the Court of Appeal and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“We are being very strategic and deliberate in the infrastructural works that we have been doing at the courts and other justice institutions,” said Chuck.

“Last year alone we spent close to $700 million on infrastructural works which represent an ... increase of 250 per cent over the 2016/2017 fiscal year expenditure,” added Chuck.

He said the Government is committed to improving the infrastructure of courts across the island as part of the improvement in the dispensation of justice.

“The ministry will continue to seek the resources and to allocate the resources in a way that demonstrates our commitment in this regard.  But all stakeholders in the justice system must have the same vision of increasing access to justice services for all Jamaicans, irrespective of their station in life,” said Chuck.

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