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  • The Government is taking action to improve and construct courthouses in sections of the island.
  • $345 million has been earmarked in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure to execute the project.
  • Major components of the project include creation of the Justice Square judicial complex.

The Government is taking action to improve and construct courthouses in sections of the island.

In this regard, $345 million has been earmarked in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by the Standing Finance Committee of the House, to execute the project.

Major components of the project include: creation of the Justice Square judicial complex; establishment of Regional Justice complexes; and construction of Special Judicial complexes. Justice Square is located in downtown Kingston.

Physical achievements up to February 2014 included: completion of refurbishing works (floors, basement, ground and first floor) of Public Building North; refurbishing of second and third floors commenced; erection of bridge linking Public Building East to Public Building North; and tender conducted for work on Public Building West.

Targets anticipated for this fiscal year include: completing all work on Public Building North and commission into use; electrical upgrade and reconfiguration of Public Building West; complete planning and design of Regional Judicial Complexes in St. Ann, St. Catherine, and Manchester; and complete land acquisition for Special Judicial complex in Montego Bay.

The project, which falls under the Ministry of Justice, is being financed through the Consolidated Fund.