KINGSTON — The much anticipated opening of the Lucea Family Court, Hanover, is scheduled for Thursday, August 18.
The state-of the-art facility was constructed with funding from the European Union (EU), under its Poverty Reduction Programme II.
In an interview with JIS News, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Robert Rainford, said completion of the court is part of the Ministry's strategy to deliver a sound court infrastructure.
“We are grateful to the European Union and the Planning Institute of Jamaica for their sterling support in bringing this to fruition…I know that the people of Hanover and its environs will be very happy with the new facility,” he said.
The new Lucea Family Court is located on Watson Taylor Drive, replacing the old court, which was demolished. It houses two courtrooms, two judges’ chambers, two attorney interviewing rooms, offices for the clerk of court and other administrative officers.
Other features include three counselling rooms, children waiting area, nursing and play area, holding areas for male and female, separate holding area for young offenders, office space for counselling and probation officers, court reporting facilities and a library.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter