New quarters on third floor of Kirk House
Five court registries have moved from the main Law Courts Building to new offices across the street in Kirk House.
Anyone having business with these registries can access them via the side door, facing Al La Kebab on Albert Panton Street, and then taking the stairs or elevator to the third floor.
The registries that have moved are: Court of Appeal, Financial Services Division, Civil Divisions of Grand and Summary Courts, Family, and Admiralty Divisions.
Also on this floor are the attorney and law firm drop-boxes.
The Criminal Registries for Summary Court and Grand Court remain on the ground floor of the main court house. So do the offices for Grand and Summary Courts Maintenance, as well as Legal Aid, Clerk of Court Valdis Foldats explained. Receptionists in the main lobby will assist individuals who are not sure where to go.
A release from Government Information Services said a formal opening of the new Kirk House facilities will be held in January 2011 on a date yet to be decided.
Phone numbers remain unchanged for the court staff who have moved: Registrar of the Court of Appeal and Financial Services Division and Senior Deputy Clerk Audrey Bodden; Listing Officer Yasmin Ebanks; Supervisor Ezmie Smith; Clerks Loretta Rankin and Daniella Carrazana.
The third floor of Kirk House also houses judges’ chambers and a courtroom. These facilities have already been used, most notably by the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. There are two other courtrooms in Kirk House and three in the main court house.
On Monday morning staff members were at their new counter dealing with members of the public. Patricia Ebanks, who visits the registries frequently in the course of her work as a courier, was asked if she found it a hassle to come up to the third floor rather than just walk into the ground floor area as before.
“It’s never a hassle when you deal with good people,” Ms Ebanks replied.