Air conditioning issues stall new judges' chambers completion, says Justice Minister
The Government has reacted to complaints from a high court judge, saying it cannot give a specific date for the completion of phase one of the Justice Square project.
Phase one of the project will provide 12 new judges’ chambers.
In April, Justice Minister Mark Golding told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the first phase of the project was on track for completion in June.
He had given the update after Justice Lloyd Hibbert complained that it is taking far too long to get additional courtrooms and other facilities in light of the mounting number of cases to be tried.
On the weekend, a Sunday Gleaner article quoted a Supreme Court judge complaining that some judges did not have their own chambers and had to resort to using their motor cars as their chambers.
This morning, the Justice Minister said the new building to house the new judges' chambers was affected by air conditioning-related matters.
A $399 million contract was signed in 2011 for construction of phase one of the project, which would see additional courtroom and office spaces in downtown, Kingston.
At the time when the project was signed in 2011, then Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne said phase one would have been completed within 13 months.
The new judges’ chambers are being made available through the extensive renovation of an old NCB building on Barry Street.
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