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Removing toxic mould may take months

The wait goes on for Supreme Court 3 to be reopened

Decontamination work to remove traces of toxic mould inside the Supreme Court Registry could take months to complete.

Alarming levels of three kinds of mould were discovered last month in three rooms at the Front Street premises. The find prompted the closure of the Registry as well as Supreme Court 3, which in turn caused disruption to the criminal court schedule and restricted access to court documents.

Last Thursday, Registrar Shade Subair Williams sent out the fourth circular to the legal profession providing an update on the toxic mould situation at the registry.

“While considerable progress has been made, the decontamination of court records is ongoing,” Ms Subair Williams said.

“The majority of all court records continue to be out of the reach of registry staff as they await mould decontamination at 113 Front Street. Regrettably the decontamination process may take months. All efforts are being made to prioritise the decontamination of urgent and current records.”

The circular stated that hearings scheduled to take place in the Registrar’s Chambers would be held on the third floor of the Dame Lois Browne-Evans building, while all criminal matters would continue to take place in Supreme Court 1 or courtroom 4 at Dame Lois Browne-Evans building.