JIS News

A total of $436 million has been allotted to the Justice Ministry, in the 2006/2007 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives. The sum is to be used for the administration of justice. Of that amount, $391 million has been granted for Courthouses and Judicial Residences, while $45 million has been allotted for the purchase of equipment and facilities. In the 2005/06 financial year, the Ministry undertook repairs to fencing and rest rooms at the Resident Magistrates’ Courts in Spaulding, Port Maria, May Pen, Christiana, Richmond, Porus, Brown’s Town judge’s residence, Cross Keys, Claremont, Montego Bay, Green Island, Sandy Bay, Savanna-la-Mar and Frankfield.
Repairs were also made to furniture at the Montego Bay Resident Magistrates’ Court and the judge’s residence. The Court of Appeal, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Chapelton Resident Magistrates Court also benefited under the rehabilitation programme. The funds will further facilitate the construction and refurbishing of the Resident Magistrates Courts in Morant Bay, Falmouth, Balaclava, Santa Cruz, Montego Bay and Mandeville as well as the Coroners/ Traffic Court and the Judicial Complex at the Supreme Court. Furniture and fixtures will be also acquired for the courts in Lucea and Port Antonio.

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