By Latoya Giles
After nearly two years of ongoing construction and rehabilitation work, the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court building is expected to be completed within the new week. This announcement came from the Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall yesterday.
According to the minister, the renovated edifice is expected to accommodate 12 Courts, each having offices for the Magistrates, along with washroom facilities. The new structure will also house the office of the Clerk of the Georgetown Magisterial District and support staff, along with an area to accommodate prisoners. It will be fully air-conditioned and have two parking lots – on the northern side of the building, on Croal Street, as well as on the southern side, on Brickdam.
Nandlall said that this was an initiative under the Modernization of the Justice Administration System project which seeks to enhance the physical and infrastructural institutional capacity of the Justice Sector.
He said that under this component of the project, new courts have been constructed in Springlands, Whim, Canje, New Amsterdam, Sisters Village, Fort Wellington, Wales, Wismar, and Lethem, among other areas.
Further, Nandlall said that under the project, renovation has been carried out at almost every court building in the country, including the Court of Appeal and the High Courts in Berbice and Demerara.
He asserted that government holds firmly to the view that there is a causal connection between economic growth and a properly functioning and independent justice system.
“No country has ever progressed, economically, and no people have ever advanced, socially, in the absence of a system which guarantees the prevalence of the rule of law…..which recognizes the basic human rights of its citizens and which does not provide a system that allows the citizenry to settle their grievances, between themselves and the state, as well as among themselves, in an effective and efficient fashion.”
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