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Gov’t enters into 3-year lease to house court at Joe’s Hill

Gov’t enters into 3-year lease to house court at Joe’s Hill

The government will be entering into a three-year lease agreement with CADCO Holdings Limited to accommodate the Magistrate’s Court.
Cabinet made this decision during its July 27 meeting.

Recent Cabinet documents indicated that the space could be rented beyond the contracted period as the three-year lease was just “in the first instance”.

“[Cabinet] decided that the Office of the Deputy Governor instruct the Attorney General’s Chambers to vet the lease prepared by the landlord,” the document read.

Meanwhile, during a recent press conference, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley noted that the rented facility is a new building located at the foot of Joe’s Hill. When asked about the cost of renting the building, the Premier said at the time that he did not know the exact figure.

“As it pertains to the Halls of Justice that project is one that we want to get going. Funding was a challenge before, we only had about $4 million available and the project costs about $23 or $24 million. So that’s part of the reason why I travelled to the UK because we wanted to have some discussions about financing our recovery with the United Kingdom government and the Minister for Overseas Territories,” Dr Wheatley said.

“Very soon, we should have something to report about our ability to be able to finance our recovery, which would help us to be able to get the funding necessary to commence the Halls of Justice Programme. It is going to go there, right there at John’s Hole where Eslyn Henley used to be. And we think this is something that will really move forward our judicial system and we are enthusiastic about it moving forward,” the Premier added.

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