Facelift for High Court Chambers upstairs HoA Building
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.