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Shame! Shame! High Court Registry staff working under a tent

- Workers are now out in the hot sun under a tent doing court office work @ Sir Olva Georges Plaza
Employees of the High Court Registry on Main Street have been made to work under a tent in the Sir Olva Georges Plaza in Road Town. Photo: Team of Reporters
High Court Registry employees have been relocated to working under a tent because their current office space upstairs the old post office is unsafe, crumbling and mold infested. Photo: Team of Reporters
High Court Registry employees have been relocated to working under a tent because their current office space upstairs the old post office is unsafe, crumbling and mold infested. Photo: Team of Reporters
In December 2016 some workers who occupied the office spaces in the Old Administration Building (Old Post Office) in Road Town had resorted to using face masks due to the condition of the building. Photo: Team of Reporters
In December 2016 some workers who occupied the office spaces in the Old Administration Building (Old Post Office) in Road Town had resorted to using face masks due to the condition of the building. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Civil servants who are employees of the High Court Registry working to support the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration, which is the government of the day, have been assigned to working outside under a tent in the middle of Road Town.

This is because their current office space upstairs the old post office is unsafe, crumbling and mold infested. It was our newsroom that first and accurately reported on December 9, 2016 that employees of the Government agency had to go to work with face masks because of the unsafe situation, with debris falling from the building, along with a mold infested environment.

Days after this news site’s article, a lease was expedited to rent a building known as the SAKAL building located in Road Town; however, the holdup for the High Court Registry moving in remains unclear.

Shameful situation confirmed

When contacted, Deputy Registrar of the High Court Ms Sarah Benjamin told our newsroom that “it’s my understanding that employees were asked to work from that location, but I am not sure how long they are expected to be there.”

When pressed about this unusual situation, having office staff work in the hot sun in the middle of Road Town under a tent at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza, Ms Benjamin referred us to the Chief Registrar Mrs Erica Smith-Penn who could not be reached.

While some of the High Court Registry staff have been, for the past few months, temporarily relocated to the Social Development Senior Citizen Building (upstairs), in the vicinity of the Red Cross Headquarters in Road Town, others are in a next door office upstairs the old post office on Main Street, while others cannot work in any building that has mold issues.

NDP left country broke due to reckless spending

Many critics of the ruling NDP has said this is another example of the results of them leaving the country broke and the reckless spending that Governor John S. Duncan OBE blasted the administration about in public a few months ago.

The Governor, a few months ago, invoked direct rule via Sec 103 (b) of the Virgin Islands Constitution and took some $1.88M from the Consolidated Fund to put into the courts, police and hiring lawyers to deal with public cases.

51 Responses to “Shame! Shame! High Court Registry staff working under a tent”

  • voter (26/06/2017, 17:08) Like (40) Dislike (7) Reply
    Look what my country came to!
  • vex (26/06/2017, 17:08) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    Say it aint so
  • Welsah (26/06/2017, 17:21) Like (33) Dislike (4) Reply
    With all the money NDP has wasted within their terms of office, this is where wasted has gotten us. Civilized sophistication under a tent. Just Shameful!
  • Ya me born (26/06/2017, 17:27) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Should get some of the 1.5 trillions that the VI facilitate in trade and business to build a new high court registry
  • tola (26/06/2017, 17:38) Like (56) Dislike (7) Reply
    Welsah I never know my country would've reach to this state NDP SHAME on ayo all ayo waist our tax dollars an leave our country brokers SMH
  • SHAME (26/06/2017, 17:39) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ha ha they said it was a project set of fouble talk
  • concern (26/06/2017, 17:47) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    There is nothing like fresh air.
  • thanks to the NDP (26/06/2017, 17:59) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    The BVI is on it's knees
  • Just shameful (26/06/2017, 18:06) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    I would have felt lest of a person if I was one of those employees sitting under a tent working.
  • Yes (26/06/2017, 18:11) Like (24) Dislike (26) Reply
    Tek that bvilanders...muchless when expat leave ...cow, that goin walk the street
    • Really (26/06/2017, 19:56) Like (24) Dislike (8) Reply
      and you still living here go back to your country and suck salt true vi to the bone
    • @LOL.. (27/06/2017, 20:16) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      ...."muchless when expat leave"...pigs, no longer walk our streets.
  • SMH (26/06/2017, 18:14) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
  • lawyers are crooke (26/06/2017, 18:39) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    maybe a little truth would be told
  • Lord o (26/06/2017, 18:39) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need to stop paying rent.. Straight up.. Our annual rent bill can give us a four storage government build a department in each floor.... Ronnie suppose to know this he is a smart business man...Time to pur country first...
  • Well Well (26/06/2017, 19:21) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    As my Gran would say......What a Cross!!!
  • Hmm (26/06/2017, 19:42) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    I seriously used to get offended when people would refer to the Caribbean as 3rd world but giving the things that are happening in this country lately; the way things are run, I'm starting to agree with those people [at least when it comes to the BVI]. Imagine if some major event were to happen right now and international journalists had to suddenly fly here to write about it. I bet you they'd find some way to write about how court happens under a tent.

    Everything internal is falling apart but at least we have a robust economy, our schools teach 5 languages (and our government even gives us the chance to practice one when they send us away to South America for our health), we have our own airline. All those who complain of mould, our underachieving kids and lack of toilet papers in schools, and our failing healthcare systemare just pessimists.
    • lololol (27/06/2017, 09:18) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sarcastic to the bone..... I'm loving it!!
    • ha (27/06/2017, 10:37) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      The country is bursting at its seams due to radical population growth caused by those who come in search of the US Dollar and gateway to the US mainland. The schools are bursting at the seams with children who the government could have never projected a budget for in buildings that cannot support population growth. Homes are broken as adults mismanage money, use sex to advance and gain materialism, hang their hats too high in order to keep up with the Jones without working hard to educate or train for special skills. Greedy people encourage politicians to line their pockets in exchange for quick fixes instead of executing long term plans for the betterment of the entire territory. Every ministry of government seems disconnected from the other, when they should foster meaningful partnerships and task forces. We remain hung up on traditions that cannot be applied to the unexpected dominance of ex-patriots. We have failed to truly embrace all members of our territory and utilize their ability to help build us up to deal with the real issues. I cry for my territory.
  • Guest (26/06/2017, 19:53) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
  • PAPA SHI FRY (26/06/2017, 20:22) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boy di calypso show going be nice this year!!!!! Look thing to talk
  • weed (26/06/2017, 20:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well maybe it ought to be a deportable offense if this is true
  • imagine (26/06/2017, 21:35) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about employee rights? This is crazy. Why aren't these workers protesting? These conditions are deplorable. They're just taking what they get.
  • E. Leonard (26/06/2017, 21:59) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow! Really! Employers, including government, are morally bound to provide a safe and healthful working environment for workers. Buildings have definitely lives, i.e. they are planned, programmed, budgeted, designed, constructed, maintained and repaired, used, rehabilitated, and disposed of. Clearly, the old administrative building is between disposed and rehabilitated phases; it is in a deteriorated condition. It needs to be preserved as a historical building and rehabilitated before being occupied. A deteriorated building pose health and safety risks, diminish employee productivity and adversely impact mission accomplishment.

    Moreover, if you own a building, you have to maintain it. Timely planned preventative maintenance, routine, emergency.... .... etc maintenance offer many benefits, including reducing operational cost, retarding deterioration, extending useful life, enhancing functionality.......etc. There is a minimum cost of ownership to owning a building. Typically, the annual minimal maintenance cost not including backlog reduction is 2-4% of a building's current replacement value Running a building to failure is often cost more to repair than the cost of performing periodic maintenance. Before the building is occupied it must be deemed as structurally sound and environmentally safe.
    • Disinterested (29/06/2017, 09:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Of course, you are not going to criticize your cuz the Chief Registrar. Instead you turned it into a facility management issue. Give us your opinion of workers having to work out doors under a tent due to an unsafe and unhealthy building. Anyone ever heard of SBS (Sick Building Syndrone) and BRI (Building Related Illness). Both of these illnesses results from poor indoor air uality (IAQ). Stop being a politician and playing politics and call a spade a spade. Classmate Teacher Mac must be twisting and turning restlessly. Agree though the government needs to provide a safe and healthful working environment for employees.
  • you watch (26/06/2017, 22:03) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
    As wicked and reckless as the ndp is they will win again
  • Health (26/06/2017, 22:30) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    And when they they relocate they travelling with the same moldy stuff and equipment. Problem still on rhe table. SMDH
  • Mark (27/06/2017, 00:55) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    And we have one set of people getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts, every week its a new one giving out. Yet we can't take care of a lil office to make it comfortable for the ones that put them in. this is below carzy
  • wize up (27/06/2017, 03:10) Like (11) Dislike (11) Reply
    Let talk politics and do some real maths: now the current administration been in office for 6 years: the former adminstration held office for almost 50 years: I am sure that structure needed repairs many many years ago.....if you ever vote VIP back in office you will see more issues: under VIP almost each person in your district had a boat, a dump truck and a sharp car while the country had poor roads; lack of street lights; sewage problem and lack of quick to talk that!!!!!
  • Street reporter (27/06/2017, 05:59) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Dog Nuam NDP Supper...Final Nail in their Coffin.. Sad..So sad
  • tOLIAN bLOOD (27/06/2017, 06:21) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    They dont care about us.
  • Unbelievable (27/06/2017, 07:00) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm seeing this but I would never believe it. I would never believe that there wasn't an alternative to this. Important documents sitting under a tent in the open like that? Somebody needs to tell us what this was all about!
    • @Unbelievable (27/06/2017, 14:55) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
      This was a poor decision by Management of the High Court Registry, nothing else. I am not even going to mention employees who got to be following Mrs. Jim Jones down the road, because nobody, and I mean nobody could get me to do this foolishness. There is always an alternative, but when your goal is to embarass your country and people and Government, this is the road you take. Who cares about taking the high road. The lessons we are teaching our children!! I fear for them. Respect and logical thinking has gone out the window and mothers, fathers, managers, even sisters and brothers are showing the ones behind to be overly radical in their behaviour. I say overly because being radical is sometimes necessary when the need warrants it. But word on the street is that the Registry should be moving soon, so why the drama? And that is what this is drama? It is no damn headline, just drama? I am ashamed of the nonsense going on in my country. It is not of GOD.
      • POOR DECISION (27/06/2017, 20:36) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        This was an utterly absurd, stupid decision by the powers that be at the High Court Registry. If I was the PS or overall head of that department I would have whoever is iin charge head on a platter. SHAMEFUL
  • grench (27/06/2017, 07:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thought they demolish tent city
  • Interested (27/06/2017, 08:05) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    There are always many sides to a story.I will wait to hear further before passing judgement
    • Interesting (27/06/2017, 11:48) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      So naive. U can't see facts even if u staring it in the face and it's starting right back at u.
      Every side of the story u waiting for right under the tent.
      Keep waiting....
  • Wellsah (27/06/2017, 08:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    SHAME SHAME SHAME!!!!!!!!!!
  • SUSS (27/06/2017, 08:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    lucky them have a tent
  • high Court (27/06/2017, 09:17) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    that's good they are a set of hogs down deh have know care for customer at all I don't feel for them
    • hello (27/06/2017, 14:41) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Guess what. You might end up under that same tent with those same hogs, and guess what when hog hot and sticky they root harder. Fool.
  • Low court (27/06/2017, 11:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    But even hogs deserve better and are even treated better.
    You're heartless. Suppose it was you? Or your child? Or your spouse? Or your mother???
  • good days (27/06/2017, 14:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    lovely miss those days even under a tree I learn more because my mind was free
  • tola (27/06/2017, 18:29) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    @wise up if we ever vote NDP back in power or a next 4 more years this country will have nothing's we can afford to feed our family pay our bills an the list goes on can't you see what's this government is doing to our country an our tax dollars
  • staff (27/06/2017, 22:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Protect your citizens, NDPs, or you'll be booted out of office.
    • @staff (28/06/2017, 16:25) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Booted out to put in who? Conrad, Claude and Carvin, the three Cs? I think not.
  • Real (28/06/2017, 12:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Half of HLSCC staff work out because of the mold. One man dont get sick because he dont go work and always by a bar drinking rum, And we all know rum good for killing germs, worms the cold and MOLD

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