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Facelift for High Court Chambers upstairs HoA Building

Renovation work began yesterday April 12, 2017 on the High Court Chambers in Road Town. Photo: Team of Reporters
Many users of the building have praised the much needed renovation works as it is also believed that the building is mold infested. Photo: Team of Reporters
Many users of the building have praised the much needed renovation works as it is also believed that the building is mold infested. Photo: Team of Reporters
It is unclear if the money taken from the Consolidated Fund via direct rule under Sec 103 (b) of the Constitution by Governor John S. Duncan OBE is paying for the renovation of the High Court. Photo: Team of Reporters
It is unclear if the money taken from the Consolidated Fund via direct rule under Sec 103 (b) of the Constitution by Governor John S. Duncan OBE is paying for the renovation of the High Court. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Months after the House of Assembly Chambers in Road Town received a facelift, which was praised by elected Members, the upstairs of the same building that houses the High Court when it is in session, along with High Court Registry Staff, will also be receiving a facelift.

Work began yesterday April 12, 2017 to renovate the High Court Chambers and it's expected when completed to have Judges, Attorneys, Defendants, Jurors, witnesses, High Court staff and the Media sitting in a more conductive environment while in court.

Is this from the $1.88M?

It is unclear the cost of the project, the completion date or if the money taken from the Consolidated Fund via direct rule under Sec 103 (b) of the Constitution by Governor John S. Duncan OBE is paying for this.

Mr Duncan had complained publicly that the National Democratic Party Administration has ignored funding for the Magistrate and regular courts, but only seems willing to spend money on the Commercial Court and Arbitration facility.

When Governor Duncan stripped the Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) of his ability to determine how public funds are spent, by evoking Sec 103 (b) of his powers, he allocated a million dollars to the legal system, which falls under the purview of the United Kingdom appointed Governor.

Many users of the building, including government staff of the High Court Registry, have praised the much needed renovation works, as it is also believed the building is mold-infested.

7 Responses to “Facelift for High Court Chambers upstairs HoA Building”

  • way to go (13/04/2017, 10:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's a much better use of money than renting the arbitration centre - cause after you done rent it you have to go back in that shameful hovel to do the real work. I don't know who is responsible - but good job for finally investing something in fixing up the court. Premier if it was you who authorize this and stop them from wasting our money on renting a courtroom instead of fixing the one we have, you need to stand up and take credit. If you getting rid of mold you need to take down and replae them ceiling tiles too.
  • staff (13/04/2017, 11:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you john duncan
  • JayEm (13/04/2017, 11:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Say what? I would hope that this belief about the building being mold infested is untrue! As I have served as a juror in this allegedly mold infested building and i was never once informed of such. Yall may not care about your own health to resist going to work everyday here, but I think it's a violation of humans rights to force me to sit in there every day knowing the environment is unsafe. If it is true, that would explain why everytime I stepped out of there, I would instantly feel sick. I thought it was the air conditioning being too cold and blowing on my back. Smh. I am never short of amazement living in this country.
  • Longshanks (13/04/2017, 13:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good stuff. Looking forward to the High Court Registry staff getting a facelift, along with the upstairs of the same building that houses the High Court when it is in session.

    Will also be good to see a more conductive environment, although let's hope there aren't too many shocks.
  • I want to know (13/04/2017, 16:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why didn't the minister's company didn't clean the mold?
  • Just saying... (13/04/2017, 16:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Long over due


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