Antigua & Barbuda has been chosen to pilot a family court programme for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region.
Minister of Legal affairs, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said that the venture was “a very important advance in family law procedures and principles in the OECS region and we are very fortunate and happy that the court saw it fit to choose Antigua & Barbuda as the pilot for this programme”.
“Already we have visited Trinidad to have a look at the system, flags have been identified, persons have been trained and laws have been passed, so we are already moving forward to that direction,” Benjamin said.
The Ministry of Legal Affairs will be spearheading the transformation of the former Parliament building into the edifice that will house the Family Court of Antigua & Barbuda.
According to Benjamin, “Work has already begun on the interior and they anticipate that we should be ready for occupation some time in or around the month of September this year.”
The building, which is earmarked to serve as the Family Court is located on Parliament Drive in St John’s. It was previously utilised as first the Parliament in 1981 before it was repurposed as the House of Culture in 2004.