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CJ On Courthouse Extension Plans

There are plans to extend, renovate and build the magistrates courthouses in various parts of Fiji. Chief Justice Anthony Gates said the courts have major building and renovation projects to
27 Sep 2015 10:30
CJ On Courthouse Extension Plans
Lawyer Chen Bun Young (left) and Chief Justice Anthony Gates during Fiji Law Society convention at Novotel in Lami yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

There are plans to extend, renovate and build the magistrates courthouses in various parts of Fiji.

Chief Justice Anthony Gates said the courts have major building and renovation projects to cope with.

“There is the completion of renovations at Government Buildings,” he said.

“It is hoped the Lautoka High Court tender process will be completed soon to allow building works to commence before the end of the year.”

He said the facilities at Lautoka were extremely stretched at present.

“We may have to take on temporary courtroom premises pending the availability of the new six-story building,” the Chief Justice said.

He said plans to acquire the audio and video recording service and a better transcription service were also in place.

“Video recording is permeating, albeit slowly, throughout the court system.”

Beside these three main projects, there are plans to extend, renovate and build more magistrates courthouses around the country.

Justice Gates said: “Nadi, which has had a third courtroom added, is likely to have further works done to provide a fourth courtroom.

“Both of these two courtrooms will be multi-purpose courtrooms so that the High Court trials could be conducted there for both civil and criminal division work.”

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