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Justice Ministry making alternative plans after fire destroys courts

Ministry of Justice | 2015-12-31 00:00:00

The Ministry of Justice is working to minimise the disruption caused by the fire which destroyed the building at 79 Duke Street, Kingston on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. That building housed both the Corporate Area Coroner’s Court and the Attendance Centre of the Family Court.

The Ministry's objective is to have both these operations resume service to the public as soon as possible, and we are actively seeking to put in place alternate arrangements to facilitate this.

In the meantime, members of the public with matters at the Corporate Area Coroner’s Court are being asked to report to the Corporate Area Civil Court located at Sutton Street on the scheduled dates of their matters, pending any further public announcement in this regard. 

The Ministry has already engaged the Urban Development Corporation to have the new permanent location for the Corporate Area Coroner’s Court, at 2A Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10, fit for purpose as soon as possible. We are now trying to secure an interim location for the Corporate Area Coroner’s Court, while that work proceeds.

The Attendance Centre operates as a non-residential rehabilitation centre for young people 12 to 18 years who have dropped out of the formal educational system and need to be assisted in the rehabilitation process, and thereby assists in carrying out some of the Orders of the Family Court. An alternate location for the provision of these important services is now actively being sought.

The Ministry of Justice considers these matters as of significant importance, and accordingly the Emergency Procurement methodology will be utilised in obtaining the required furniture and equipment. The Ministry will also be using that procedure to expedite the renovation of the facility at 2 Hagley Park Road for the relocation of the Coroner’s Court, along with Corporate Area Traffic Court. A timeline for completion will be established once all the necessary assessments have been done, in light of the new situation occasioned by the fire.

The public should note that, contrary to certain erroneous media reports, the Family Court has not been affected by the fire, and is still operational at 55a Duke Street. Indeed, the Attendance Centre’s eight staff members and part-time workers will operate from the Family Court, pending a new location being identified to house the Attendance Centre.

It should also be noted that the activities of the Special Coroner, which are located at Sutton Street, have also not been affected by the fire.

The Ministry of Justice would also like to thank the Jamaica Fire Brigade for its prompt and professional response to the fire.

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