The Grenada Bar Association has been made aware of the imminent shutdown of the Supreme Court Registry of Grenada.
This has come about as action is required to immediately address dangerous environmental conditions at the building housing the registry. For some time now, we at the Grenada Bar have had good cause to wonder whether environmental conditions at the registry may be contributing to ill health experienced by those who are in regular contact with the registry. The closure of the registry on this account is, therefore, a matter of grave concern to us as it should be to all members of the public.
It must also be recalled that the Grenada Bar has appealed for more than 20 years for the historical problems of the registry to be fixed. These include destruction of irreplaceable records, lack of resources, lack of proper maintenance, detectable deterioration of the air quality and the obvious presence of mould. Yet again issues affecting a vital part of our legal system have been allowed to escalate to the point of crisis. And yet again those responsible to address these problems have failed to give an adequate and timely response. With the facts which have been well known to the authorities for some time, this relocation which has now been thrust upon the registry, could have been planned and executed in a controlled way. Instead, we are witnessing a chaotic and haphazard reaction guaranteed to cause tremendous disruption to lawyers and the public. This is quite simply, irresponsible and unacceptable.
The Grenada Bar calls upon the authorities to dedicate all the necessary manpower and resources necessary for the services of the registry to be relocated without interruption. We further call upon the government to expedite a long-term solution to this and the several other problems affecting the proper dispensation of justice in this country. It is time to give us our Hall of Justice!
President, Grenada Bar Association