Partnership between the Judiciary Department and KiLGA for the construction of Court Houses for Councils

17 February—KiLGA met with Acting Chief Registrar (CR) of the High Court, Sr. Bernadette Eberi, (pictured) at her offie to discuss the proposal by the Nikunau Island Council to formulate a project for the construction of the Island’s Court House and office of the Court Clerk.
In late 2012, a team led by the Chief Justice and the CR, was on Nikunau for a workshop for all Magistrates from Southern Islands. It was then that the CR came to realise that the island had no Court house and that court sessions were held at the Council mwaneaba. Unfortunately, the sessions were subject to distractions, disturbances, interruptions and even cancellations. At that time, the CR and the Council saw the need for the construction of a court house immediately. Several options were considered including one, the rehabilitation of a former KIT prototype house that was running down and, two, the conversion of an unused garage to a court house. The idea was again taken up to the EO of KiLGA during his visit to the island for his Profiling work.
During the meeting with the CR, she insisted that a court house for each island is important for the function of the Court as the Legislative arm of the government. It was also important for revenue generation for the Councils from court fines.
At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that the CR would look for and submit to KiLGA, a design and costing of a suitable courthouse for the Councils. KiLGA, in turn, would use that to draft a project proposal for submission to donor partners. Alternatively, Councils could be asked to consider including these in their Priority Projects for the near future.

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