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IT system to keep check on court  

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

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A computerised building management system is on the way for the Supreme Court Complex to prevent a recurrence of its environmental problems.

This was the word from Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Dale Marshall last Friday during a tour of the Cane Garden Municipal Court Complex in Cane Garden, St Thomas.

He had announced that it would cost more than $2 million to fix the ten-year-old complex in Whitepark Road, The City. Since those repairs will take about six months, the criminal sessions of the High Court will be shifted to the Cane Garden facility.

“Some of those resources will be proactive and would see the deployment of a computerised building management system. Once we spend this two and a half million dollars on getting the court back into shape, we will not find ourselves in this place again.

“A facility that is modern with the kind of technology we have in it simply cannot be maintained by someone with a dust pan and a mop. It’s not practicable; we’re dealing with sophisticated air quality, not just air-conditioning,” he said.

Marshall said one of his major concerns was that the paper files at the Registry were all affected by mould.

 “While the Registry is making every effort to clean those files, some of those files are volumes and volumes of pages. I am not a scientist but it’s going to be hard to clean every single page and folio in a file and be sure you have it completely sanitised.”

He said the new occupants of the St Thomas complex would ensure the building was kept in top condition.

“A number of elements in this building are under warranty. A lot of things have to be maintained on a monthly basis . . . .

“The project manager of the facility has been mandated with the responsibility of ensuring all of those monthly elements are tended to, and then sending the bill to the AG’s Office,” Marshall said. (RA)