The Judiciary is advising the public that, effective today (August 27), sittings of night courts will end at 7pm in parishes outside of Kingston and St. Andrew, Clarendon, St.Thomas and St. Catherine until September 2.
Acting Director of Client Services, Communication and Information, Court Administration Division (CAD), Kadiesh Fletcher, told JIS News that persons with matters slated for the Night Courts within the four parishes with curfews beginning at 9pm are being asked to contact their respective courts for directives.
“The courts will be setting future dates. So, whether they move them to daytime or another night court date, the court will determine that, based on the nature of the matter, ” Mrs. Fletcher said.
Night Court sessions normally address some matters, including those where parties are unrepresented, and in some parishes traffic matters.
Meanwhile, persons visiting Parish Courts islandwide are being reminded to adhere to safety protocols and to ensure they have on their masks before entering courthouses.
“We continue to encourage persons to contact the courts before showing up for their matters, and we also encourage persons who are guilty to plead guilty, so that the matter can be resolved quickly. Also, we are asking persons to observe the health protocols at the courts when they get there,” Mrs. Fletcher said.
Persons are being encouraged to arrive at the courts early, as it may take some time for them to be properly processed, as well as to expect minor delays due to the health and safety protocols that must be observed.
“We are also asking persons to wear their masks and sanitise. If you do not have to, please do not take your children with you and, again, only those persons who are necessary for the matters will be allowed in the court building. So, we are asking persons to be mindful of these requirements,” Mrs. Fletcher said.
Persons may also visit the Court Administration Division website at cad.gov.jm and the Parish Court Website at: parishcourt.gov.jm for more information.