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Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator A.J Nicholson has emphasised that the ongoing upgrading works on the country’s courthouses was one of several undertakings that was at the forefront of the reform of the justice system.
Senator Nicholson was providing an update on such works at Friday’s sitting of the Senate.
Regarding the Morant Bay courthouse he said “the Ministry has taken possession of lands, the architectural drawings have been completed and the tender process for construction of their new court is in train.”
Senator Nicholson said approvals were now being awaited for a new Coroner’s and Traffic court at East and Barry Street, as lands there have been cleared to begin the modern expansion of the judicial complex downtown. Considering the volatility of construction sites in the downtown Kingston area, the Justice Minister said the Ministry was, “for obvious reasons making every effort to enlist the assistance and support of the Jamaica Defence Force for the works to be carried out at East Street and Barry Street.”
At Port Antonio, Senator Nicholson said, “the new court is being constructed under a partnership between the Ministry of Justice and the National Commercial Bank [while at Mandeville] the Ministry has taken possession of lands and the new drawings are being done”. He added that a tender process was underway for the construction of the Family Court at Lucea in Hanover as well as two additional courts in Balaclava and Santa Cruz in St. Elizabeth.