From famine to feast—the Supreme Court in Grand Falls-Windsor is experiencing one of its busiest years in a decade.
This January, the Supreme Court in Grand Falls-Windsor heard its first jury trial in 10 years. And as Justice Minister Andrew Parsons put it, issues of space at the facility could not be identified until they were experienced.
He says during that trial, Sheriff’s Officers took note of space requirements needed for jury members, bathroom facilities and so on—and as a result, government has completed some upgrades to the courthouse, including a bigger jury room.
And that room will get lots of use over the coming year—there are currently five more jury trials on-tap to be heard before 2018.
Minister Parsons says there have always been infrastructure needs within the justice system in the province, and says he’s pleased this was solved in a timely manner.
Meanwhile the Provincial Court Judge in Grand Falls-Windsor is set to retire this summer, and Minister Parsons says efforts are underway to ensure he will be replaced. Provincial Justice R.J. Whiffen retired last June in Grand Falls-Windsor—a position that was not refilled due to budget cuts.