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Supreme Court fate to be decided Friday

Supreme Court fate to be decided Friday
12 Apr

By Friday workers and those doing business in the Supreme Court building will know when it will be reopened.

Environmental issues forced the closure of the building Wednesday, which remains closed.

Registrar of the Supreme Court, Barbara Cooke-Alleyne revealed that the way forward will be discussed Friday again.

This after she held a lengthy meeting at the Supreme Complex, which involved Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, the permanent secretary and project manager within the Ministry, and shop stewards and management of the National Union of Public Workers.

Operations at the country's Supreme Court Complex halted indefinitely on Wednesday after workers walked off of the job deciding they would no longer be contending with a buildup of mould on the premises.

General secretary of the National Union of Public Workers, Roslyn Smith says at the root of the problem is a buildup of mould.

As a result, she says a number of officials, including a judge have fallen ill.

Ms Smith says the accumulation of mould is one of many environmental issues facing Supreme Court workers since the complex, which also houses the National Registry opened back in 2011.

The developments are occurring on the heels of problems at the Treasury and Immigration Departments.

As a result, the union leader says government must do its part to keep workers healthy.

Affected by the walk-off were lawyers and a host of civilians who were waiting to get their matters heard.