A contract of K427m has been signed between National Judiciary Service Secretary Jack Kariko and China Railway Construction Contract Director Peter Lee at the Government House.
This will pave way for the phase three of the K610 million court complex development that will be take place over the next four years for the National Judicial Services.
This will house the three high courts: National court, Supreme Court and the new court of appeals.
An initial K180 million was allocated for the first phase of the project in the 2015 budget. The ground breaking of new court complex took place after the opening of the 2015 Legal year.
NJSS Secretary Jack Kariko said the court complex project is fully funded by the State.
“This is for the major, actual construction of the project itself. What you currently see at the court house is just early works around the temporary buildings that we will be able to move our existing staff operations into,” he said.
Kariko said Normal court operations and functions will continue in the existing court building while one or two will be relocated to the temporary court buildings being built.
The refurbishment of the existing court building is another phase of the project.
Once completed, it will come with 14 court rooms, Judges Chambers, detainee holding cells and an administration building which will accommodate court registries and administrative functions.
This project has been identified by the National Government as one of the major impact projects and will culminate three separate courts.
The project is expected to be completed by 2018.
(Caption: National Judiciary Service Secretary Jack Kariko and China Railway Construction Contract Director Peter Lee signing the contract at the Government House today.)