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Upgrade plans

Shalveen Chand
Monday, February 10, 2014

THE Judicial Department will focus on improving various courthouses around the country, says Chief Justice Anthony Gates.

While welcoming 23 new lawyers to the Bar on Friday, Justice Gates said: "I can report that there will be a continuance this year of the court building program.

"We will continue to repair and modernise our courts.

"We will restore Government Buildings including the clock tower, commence the High Court in Lautoka building, and to press on with out station courthouse improvements.

"In particular, this concerns the Magistrates Courts in Nadi, Ba and Rakiraki, as well as Nabouwalu, Taveuni and Vunidawa."

Justice Gates also mentioned that all courts had recording facilities.

"This year too I hope to see the remaining courts, which are presently without, being installed with audio recording equipment," he said.

"Most should have video facilities installed by the end of the year as well. We will be working on improving our transcription services.

"These improvements are not only long overdue, they will transform practice at the Bar and facilitate a swifter service."

Currently, work at Government Buildings includes the installation of CCTV cameras.