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  • The Ministry of Justice will be situated at premises at 61 Constant Spring Road, St. Andrew as at March 16.
  • Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, told JIS News that the relocation is due to “an issue with air quality” at the New Kingston location, which has aggravated respiratory problems for some employees.
  • She said the staff is now focused on “getting the Ministry’s property packed and moved so we can resume full operations as soon as possible.”

The Ministry of Justice will be situated at premises at 61 Constant Spring Road, St. Andrew as at March 16.

The Ministry began scaling down operations at its current offices at 2 Oxford Road, New Kingston on Wednesday (March 9), to facilitate the relocation.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, told JIS News that the relocation is due to “an issue with air quality” at the New Kingston location, which has aggravated respiratory problems for some employees.

“On Tuesday of last week ((March 1), four staff members from our division experienced respiratory distress, three of whom had to seek medical attention and were nebulised. The Public Health Authority was called in to assess whether it was something wrong with the building. They did their tests and advised me that based on their findings, they need to have the floors closed,” Mrs. Palmer explained.

She informed that in 2014 the Public Health Authority closed the second floor of the building due to similar issues.

“When you have a staff health emergency, firstly you seek medical attention and then you need to find out what the problem is. I am not aware of the full details of the (Public Health Authority) findings, but we were told that the air quality was very poor and we are not to remain in the building for a full day. The authority has taken the decision to close the floors and we are only allowed to be here to pack our things to take them,” Mrs. Palmer said.

She said the staff is now focused on “getting the Ministry’s property packed and moved so we can resume full operations as soon as possible.”

Members of the public can contact the Ministry at 906-4923-31.