Legal Affairs Minister Kindra Maturine-Stewart has given assurance that the CAIPO building at Upper Lucas Street, St. George, will be ready to house one civil court by today (Friday) as requested by the Grenada Bar Association (GBA).
In a telephone interview with THE NEW TODAY on Monday, the female minister admitted that the greater challenge would be in providing a suitable space to house at least one criminal court by the same deadline.
The CAIPO building was evacuated last week Wednesday due to rat infestation.
According to Minister Maturine-Stewart, who is also the Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, “steps have been taken to rodent proof the roof (and) clean the entire CAIPO building to ensure that civil sittings can resume there.”
However, she said that tests have been conducted at the No.1 High Court facility, which was deemed to be mold-infested even after recent renovation works and “we are currently awaiting those results.”
“We have some dire challenges…it is a difficult time for us…we (are) mindful of the Bar’s request and of what we are trying to achieve, which is ultimately a facility that will house all the High Courts…and we are working towards that,” she added.
Minister Maturine-Stewart disclosed that government was also negotiating with RBTT for use of the building on Gore and Halifax Street, which was closed when the Bank discontinued operations in the Town.
However, she pointed out that the cost being requested for its use is “very high.”
“But we are negotiating,” she said, noting that considerations are also being given to “space available at the NIS building…”.
“…We know of the demands of the GBA but there is only so much we can do … we have some dire challenges and the Bar has been patient and reasonable – we are doing our best to ensure that we can resolve this issue, the minister said.
“We (government) are committed to finding a resolution…because without a judiciary the country would be in a terrible state,” she added.