High Court closes again due to problem with Lime building

Infrastructural challenges at the ‘LIME Building’ on The Carenage in St. George’s, has forced the authorities to temporarily relocate the No. 3 High Court to a section of the nearby Mediation Building on
Scott Street.

The Mediation Centre on Scott Street is now being used as a makeshift court to hear Chamber matters

Information reaching THE NEW TODAY is that during the course of last week, the Ministry of Health was called in to assess a situation involving a stench emanating from inside the No. 3 court room, which is located upstairs, the LIME Building.

According to a well placed source, the stench was so severe that “even the carpet on the floor had to be removed.”

This led to presiding Judge, Justice Raulston Glasgow being forced to operate from the No. 2 High Court, which is currently presided over by Guyana-born Judge, Justice Paula Gilford and is located on the ground floor of the LIME Building.

Speaking with THE NEW TODAY on Monday, Supreme Court Registrar, Alana Twum-Barimah acknowledged the health dangers posed by the infrastructural challenges at the No. 3 High Court, which she said is being addressed by a team of officials from the Ministry of Works.

She also confirmed the involvement of the Ministry of Health, but did not elaborate.

“There is an infrastructural problem at that particular court…the Ministry of Works came in last week Thursday and started the process of charting the way forward to have the matter resolved as speedily as possible,” the Registrar said.

This is not the first time that court proceedings have been interrupted due to infrastructural challenges at the LIME Building, which currently houses High Courts Nos 2, 3, 4 and 5 that previously housed Telecoms provider, Cable & Wireless.

In July, 2017, then presiding civil Judge, Dominican-born Justice Wynante Adrien-Roberts had to relocate her court to another one on the compound as a result of rain water leaks observed in a section of the roof, following constant heavy rainfall with the passage of tropical cyclone Hurricane Bret.

The Supreme Court Registrar was not in a position to say how soon the most recent infrastructural challenges would be resolved but said that Justice Glasgow will only be dealing with Chamber matters at the
temporary location.

Since the passage of Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Grenada has constantly had to battle with poor arrangements for the siting of local courts.

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