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Hanover to get new Family Court building

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Hanover will have a new Family Court building in another seven months, as a plot of land located on Watson Taylor Drive in the capital, Lucea, was handed over to contractors Thursday.

The construction cost and furnishing of the facility will be underwritten by the European Union (EU) to the tune of some €700,000, under its poverty eradication programme No. 2. The project will be undertaken by Sharecon Ltd.

Representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the EU, the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the Hanover Parish Council and the contractors were at the site Thursday morning to view and discuss plans for the development.

Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Robert Rainford, said his ministry embarked on an initiative in 2009 to enhance court infrastructure across the island.

He said that the building of the Family Court in Lucea was long overdue.

"When we can put our citizens in facilities that are conducive to what they deserve, I believe that we will be seen as the face of justice," he stated.