Governor Augustus Jaspert has appointed three persons to the post of additional magistrate in the British Virgin Islands.
The three additional magistrates are Giselle Jackman-Lumy, Hakim Creque, and Christilyn Benjamin.
The governor appointed them on advice from the Legal Services Commission.
Thier appointment took effect on July 25.
The trio will each serve as additional magistrates for six months.
Additional magistrates are typically activated when full-time magistrates are unavailable.
The territory’s full-time magistrates are Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards and Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste DaBreo.
Regular magistrate court proceedings have been disrupted since the 2017 hurricanes, which caused considerable damage to the courthouses across the territory. This disruption led to a backlog in court cases in the territory.
In the last few months, the magistrate court has mostly been holding priority matters in makeshift courtrooms in Road Town. It has also managed to return some degree of regularisation to local court proceedings.
That effort was buttressed this week with the opening of a modular court building in John’s Hole, Tortola.
The 1,365 square-foot building has been retrofitted with ramps and restrooms facilities, a general waiting area, the magistrate’s courtroom, a prisoner holding area, and an office for magistrates.