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Barbados is currently being impacted by volcanic ash because of the ongoing unpredictable eruptions of La Soufrière in St. Vincent. The ash can have a negative impact on the central air system of the Supreme Court Complex. It is therefore important to monitor the impact of the ash on the ventilation system as well as to maintain a clean, properly functioning ventilation and air conditioning system for all the occupants of the building.

As a result, it is recommended that the Supreme Court Complex be closed for at least three days. During this time, the technicians and the scientists will be working together to ensure that the ventilation and air-conditioning systems are analysed to determine the impact of the ash particles on the system and recommend what actions are required to clean it. 

The indoor air will also be monitored to ensure that respirable particles of ash will not negatively impact the health of the occupants of the Supreme Court Complex. 

Additionally, you will be informed of any necessary changes to protocols on entering the building.

Our aim is to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all the occupants and visitors to the Supreme Court Complex while maintaining the functionality and integrity of the ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

Attorneys and the public are asked to note the following:

COURT OF APPEAL

Matters listed for Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16 will be heard via Zoom as scheduled.

ATTORNEYS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SOFT COPY OF ALL DOCUMENTS TO SHARE ON SCREEN WITH THE COURT AS NECESSARY.

HIGH COURT

Criminal Division

These matters listed below will be heard by Zoom:

  1. Bail applications from Prison
  2. Status Hearings from Prison
  3. Sentencing from Prison
  4. Maximum Sentence Indication
  5. Mention

Criminal Court No.3

Matters set for Monday, April 12 are adjourned to Monday, April 19, 2021. All matters listed for Tuesday, April 13 are adjourned to Friday, April 23, 2021 unless otherwise ordered.

Criminal Courts Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 5A

All matters set for Monday, April 12, Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 14 will be heard remotely on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Matters set for Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16, 2021 will be heard as previously set.

Civil Division

Matters will be heard remotely from Monday, April 12, 2021 and then as directed by the Judge.

MAGISTRATES’ COURTS

The following matters will be heard:

  1. New charge sheets
  2. Protection Orders

Coroner’s Court

Matters will be conducted via teleconference.

Juvenile Court District A

Matters set for Friday, April 16 will be adjourned until Friday, April 23, 2021.

REGISTRAR’S COURT

Matters set down for April 13 will be adjourned to April 27 and May 4, 2021. Matters set down for April 14 will be adjourned to April 23, 2021. Matters set down for April 15 will be adjourned to April 23, 2021.

ANCILLARY MATTERS

Registration of Births and Marriages and Notarial services will resume from Thursday, April 15, 2021 unless otherwise directed by the Registrar. Registration of Deaths can be submitted via email.         

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