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COURT REPAIRS TO IMPROVE SERVICES

7/5/2013
The public can look forward to a better coordinated judicial services with the completion of maintenance works at various courts around the country.

Chief Justice Mr Anthony Gates said repair works are currently being undertaken throughout the Government Buildings with other projects lined up depending on available funds.

“There were (in 1977) three Magistrates in Suva. Today there are eight. The ceiling of the court has been reduced in height to allow for a Master’s court [High Court No.8] and a Tax Court [High Court No.7] to be created on 2nd floor,” Justice Gates said.

“Many works are ongoing throughout Government Buildings, and much further work remains, such as two appeal courts, a new Law Library, a new holding cell block and a crèche to name a few.”

The repair works will see the addition of a third courtroom at the Nadi Magistrates Court.

“A new site for the Ba Magistrates Court away from flood prone areas, a new court for Vunidawa and refurbishments at Nabouwalu,” Justice Gates said.

Justice Gates also indicated plans for restoration of the Government Buildings clock and its tower.

“The clock was built and assembled by the Cumbria Clock Company in 1939. The company is still in existence and will assist with the restoration works. Once again the inhabitants of Suva will be able to set their clocks and order their days in obedience to its chimes,” Justice Gates highlighted.

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