The Law Library is to be relocated from the High Court of Justice Complex on Parliament Drive to a building downtown.
Minister of Legal Affairs Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin reportedly told the Cabinet that there is an unused space on Nevis Street that can accommodate the Library.
The space and its ownership were not identified, however.
Benjamin reportedly said the relocation of the Library will allow for the construction of two additional courtrooms. These are likely to be used as family courts, since criminal and civil cases are already being accommodated at the High Court.
The existing Family Court is located on High Street.
Benjamin says that Minister of Works Lennox Weston has given the assurance that the new courtrooms will be ready for occupation by the end of June.
“The Minister of Works has also given the assurance that repairs on the [St. John’s] Magistrates Court on High and Temple Streets will begin in a few weeks,” this week’s Cabinet Notes say.
A political observer tells REAL News that the remedial work is to allow the Court to be moved from the Knuckleblock Community Centre in Rural West ahead of the pending general elections. The woman says it was only last Saturday that a member of the constituency warned the Prime Minister that keeping the Centre from Grays-Green residents would hurt his chances of retaining the Rural West seat