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Supreme Court staff complain about lack of AC

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2013 | 8:47 AM

There is renewed disquiet among some staff at the Supreme Court over a non-functioning air conditioning unit.



Staff assigned to the office of the judicial secretaries say they have been without a working air-conditioning unit since June.



The office is in a passage between judge’s chambers and there are no windows to open to get fresh air.



The secretaries say the absence of the AC unit is affecting their ability to work.



They say they have made numerous complaints to Court Management Services, which is responsible for the maintenance of the courts, but nothing has been done.



The secretaries told our news centre that many days the office is so hot that they have severe headaches.



And they say they have to carry extra clothes to work to change because the heat in the office makes then sweat heavily.



Last month, staff at the St Catherine Resident Magistrate’s Court withdrew their services to protest over what they say are poor working conditions and inadequate infrastructure.



Among their complaints were frequent water shortages, malfunctioning air conditioning units, and the condition of the restrooms.



And over in Portland, proceedings had to be adjourned early at the Port Antonio courthouse because of malfunctioning air-conditioning units.



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