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Time for a court to brag about

Justice Minister (centre) and other officials visiting a section of the site where the new district court will be built

By Andria Kades
It is high time Nicosia had a district court it could brag about, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said on Monday announcing that in three years’ time, a new district court in the capital should be completely set up.
Expected to cost over €32 million, the tender for an international architectural competition is expected to be called by March 2016 while the tender for the design and construction of the building should be called by the beginning of 2017, Nicolaou said during a meeting with Nicosia district court chairmen and two members of the Supreme Court.
The new building is planned to be built behind the current Nicosia district court.
“All other cities have a building that is utilised for the needs of the district court except Nicosia,” Nicolaou said.
Expecting the new court to be a gem worthy of its stature he added “we are pushing for the building needs of our courts, particularly those of the Nicosia district as this is a matter that has been plaguing the respective district court judges for the past fifteen years.”
Asked what will become of the current building, Nicolaou said the Public Works department would be conducting a study to evaluate how they could be preserved and how the Supreme, family and new district court could be merged into the new design.
“Our suggestion is that these buildings can be used as halls, libraries or places lawyers can meet,” something observed in other countries he added.
“They are places that can be utilised for the needs and operations of serving justice in our country.”
Visiting the site, he said that although the matter has been long discussed he was sure that this time, the matter was definitely moving forward.
Accompanied by the department of antiquities chief, he said the area of the court had been explored 11 times, and would be investigated just as many times to ensure that “if there is anything that has to do with our antiquity, I ensure you we will protect it.”

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