VANUATU TO BUILD $26.5 MILLION COURTHOUSE

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To replace colonial structure burned in 2007

By Godwin Ligo PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Feb. 2, 2010) - The Council of Ministers has approved an amount of 2.7 billion vatu [US$26.5 million] for the new Supreme Court Hall of Justice-Palais de Justice Building Blong Vanuatu.

The approval was made in a Council of Ministers Decision 01/2010—one of Councils first meetings of 2010.

Daily Post understands that the Council of Ministers has awarded a contract for the design and construction of the new Supreme Court Hall of Justice to a New Zealand company, Whitefield Mcqueen Irwin Alsop.

The new Hall of Justice will be built on the very same site where the old colonial Supreme Court house stood.

Held as one of the Capital’s famous landmark and an attraction to tourists and visitors to Port Vila before and after Independence, the old colonial wooden structured Supreme Court Building was destroyed by arsonists on June 7 of 2007.

Daily Post recalls Chief Justice Lunabek’s speech during the laying of the foundation stone of the new Hall of Justice when he stated his wish to see the new Hall of Justice built using more local timbers and materials and little of imported ones.

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