JIS News

Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, has welcomed the recent re-opening of the Morant Bay courthouse in St. Thomas.

Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for judges to the Supreme Court, held at King’s House on Monday (January 7), Mrs. McCalla said the re-opening of the newly constructed facility will now allow cases to be returned to that parish after more than five years.

Matters before the St. Thomas Circuit Court were being held in Kingston for the past five years, following a 2007 fire which destroyed the Morant Bay courthouse.

The facility was re-opened on Monday, December 3, by Acting Supreme Court judge, Sharon George.

“That situation was most unsatisfactory and that has now been remedied. The intention is for the Resident Magistrate’s Court to also sit in one of the refurbished courtrooms,” the Chief Justice said.

Mrs. McCalla noted that although the building is not yet fully completed, it is being put to use with the expectation that the remaining construction work will be concluded in short order.

The new building was constructed at a cost of $45 million on lands donated by the National Works Agency.