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Custodes to get offices at courts

Published:Friday | March 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM


The island's custodes will be given executive office spaces at major courthouses in the parishes they represent, according to Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne.

"The Ministry of Justice has taken the bold step of ensuring that in our courthouse building programme, we identify and earmark office space in the main courthouses in the parish capitals to accommodate the Custos perform his or her official duties," Lightbourne revealed at yesterday's official installation ceremony for Trelawny's new Custos Rotulorum, Paul Muschett.

While not giving a timeline for the implementation, the attorney general conceded that it was neither safe nor befitting that the first citizen of a parish carry out his or her public duties from his or her own home.

Custos Muschett is the third person appointed to serve in the post for the parish of Trelawny since Jamaica gained its Independence in 1962. He was preceded by Roylan Barrett, who died in January following a prolonged illness.