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Chief Justice says new Justice Square facility will go a far way

Published:Wednesday | September 17, 2014 | 9:18 AM

(JIS):

Three additional courtrooms have been provided at the Supreme Court on King Street in downtown Kingston, increasing the number to 15.




They are located at the Justice Ministry's Justice Square, which formerly housed a branch of the National Commercial Bank (NCB).



The building was acquired and is being refurbished by the Ministry of Justice, under the multi-million dollar Justice Square Project.



The new courtrooms are currently being used for the 2014 Michaelmas Term of the Home Circuit Court.



Work to develop the remaining four courtrooms is currently underway.



In her address at the start of the Michaelmas Term yesterday, Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla said the new facilities will go a far way in resolving space constraints at the Supreme Court.



According to the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court’s administration will no longer have to resort to using the caucus rooms at the Jamaica Conference Centre, on Duke Street, for trial sittings.



The Chief Justice expressed hope that the remaining courtrooms and supporting facilities will be completed in short order.



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