Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 15, 2020 (SKNIS)
Though it will not be business as usual due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, services at the Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore Judicial and Legal complex in St. Kitts in the High Court will resume operations on May 18, 2020, said Diana Francis, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs.“Criminal matters will resume on the 18th of May 2020, in St. Christopher and civil matters will resume in both St. Kitts and Nevis on 2nd June 2020. In Nevis, case management hearing will commence on 22nd May 2020,” said PS Francis.
During the May 14 edition of the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) COVID-19 Daily Briefing, Ms. Francis said that persons will be contacted about their hearing dates once they are set.“The court will communicate the hearing date for each matter and information relating to accessing the necessary link to the remote hearing. In the case of represented litigants or defendants, this information will be communicated to their lawyers. In the case of litigants, in person or unrepresented defendants, the court will contact such persons directly,” she said. “It is essential that in-person litigants or unrepresented defendants ensure that the court is supplied with up-to-date information.”
In reading a circular from the High Court to the St. Kitts-Nevis Bar Association and legal fraternity, the permanent secretary said that the unfortunate incident of the COVID-19 global pandemic halted operations at the court.
“The High Court was not immune from the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic as its operations were suspended… Nonetheless, there is an important obligation on the Courts, which perform a vital public service to remain accessible. While it cannot be business as usual, the Court has had to adapt to ensure continued delivery of justice without which the administration of Justice in St. Christopher