Abaco’s Magistrate Court back to full services

Abaco’s Magistrate Court back to full services

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The Magistrate’s Court in Marsh Harbour has resumed daily court hearings.

Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday the court sustained only minimal damage at the main government complex on the island.

“The issue wasn’t really whether the court could open full time, but whether in terms of accommodation, the magistrate and the support staff could have been taken care of,” Bethel said.

“But that’s now being addressed.”

“An effective system of justice on the ground in any community is a firm assistance to the restoration of normalcy in that community,” he said.

In a public notice, the South Abaco District Council advised all complainants, witnesses, people on bail or those who have an outstanding matter before the court, to contact Magistrate Ancella Evans via email: ancellajevanswilliams@bahamas.gov.bs.

“Failure to do so will result in a warrant for your arrest,” the notice read.

Commerce, government services and ordinary life on the island came to a standstill following the passage of Hurricane Dorian on September 1 -3.

The deadly Category 5 storm forced thousands of people off the island, with more than 700 people currently living in shelters at the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium and the Bahamas Academy Gym.

At least 67 people have been confirmed dead, but that number is expected to increase.