Courts to get mil­lion-dol­lar facelift

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL SOMETHING EXTRA - Jodi-Ann Gilpin Gleaner Writer jodi-ann.gilpin@glean­erjm.com

THE ST James Par­ish Court and the Half-Way Tree Par­ish Court are in­cluded in a $38.73 mil­lion con­tract to give them a facelift. It is be­ing un­der­taken by the Min­istry of Jus­tice and is ex­pected to pro­pel the trans­for­ma­tion of the le­gal sys­tem in Ja­maica.

Turbo Con­struc­tion Com­pany Lim­ited, which was the only one of three con­trac­tors present at a con­tract­sign­ing cer­e­mony on Tues­day, will carry out works on the wall and the paving of the car park at East Street in Kingston for a con­tract sum of $15.1 mil­lion.

CA Qual­ity De­vel­op­ment & Con­struc­tion will take on a con­tract val­ued at $6.28 mil­lion for re­pair work at the St James Par­ish Court, and Con­traxx En­ter­prises Lim­ited will un­der­take par­tial re­fur­bish­ing works in the crim­i­nal di­vi­sion of the Half-Way Tree Par­ish Court for a sum of $17.35 mil­lion.

Jus­tice min­is­ter Del­roy Chuck, in his ad­dress at his of­fice in St An­drew, said there was ur­gent need to tran­scend po­lit­i­cal borders in a bid to bring about much-needed changes to the coun­try’s jus­tice sys­tem.

COM­MIT­TED TO TRANS­FOR­MA­TION

“There is un­chal­lenged ev­i­dence that there is an un­yield­ing com­mit­ment to trans­form the jus­tice sys­tem in Ja­maica,” he said. “The com­mit­ment to jus­tice trans­for­ma­tion is across the po­lit­i­cal di­vide, which augers well for the coun­try. I am not daunted by the chal­lenges that we face. I am en­er­gised to know that the coun­try is of the same mind that we must fix the jus­tice sys­tem in or­der to make Ja­maica more at­trac­tive to in­vestors, re­duce crime and vi­o­lence, and make Ja­maicans feel safe and con­fi­dent in the abil­ity of the State to pro­tect them.”

Per­ma­nent sec­re­tary in the min­istry Carol Palmer, in her state­ment, urged every­one to play his part in en­hanc­ing the sys­tem, not­ing that all cit­i­zens would ben­e­fit.

“A lot has been done, but we are not rest­ing on our lau­rels be­cause we know that the agenda for trans­for­ma­tion is not yet com­pleted. The con­trac­tors who have signed con­tracts this morn­ing must also see them­selves as part­ners in the jus­tice sys­tem,” Palmer said.

“You have an obli­ga­tion to ex­e­cute the work on time and within bud­get, un­der­stand­ing that the ur­gency is now to move the jus­tice sys­tem for­ward. See your­selves as part­ners in a big­ger pic­ture. When the story of the trans­for­ma­tion of the jus­tice sys­tem is writ­ten, you must be able to say with pride that you made your con­tri­bu­tion,” she said.

Palmer added: “We have many more miles to go, but let us not give the im­pres­sion that noth­ing is be­ing done. The work is not over un­til we have com­pleted the plat­form of trans­for­ma­tion, and, in fact, will never be fin­ished as the jus­tice sec­tor must be kept un­der con­stant re­view.”

CHUCK

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