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Posted: Saturday, September 5, 2020. 4:03 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Supreme Court and the General Registry informed today that two employees have tested positive for COVID-19. 

“As a result of this, and through contact tracing, twenty members of our staff will be tested for COVID-19,” a statement said.

The Supreme Court says that it is providing full support to employees and their families. 

“Our highest priority is always to protect the health and safety of our staff and the public who utilize our services.  As such we have taken every precaution to ensure that we adhere to all safety guidelines,” the statement added.

The Supreme Court and the General Registry Staff have had limited interactions with the public and have provided for an email filing system and a drop box at the General Registry for documents to be lodged.

The Supreme Court and the General Registry say that it has been proactive in its planning and preparation by putting in place Practice Directions which regulate the procedures for the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Magistrate Court, Family Court and the General Registry during these unprecedented times. 

 “These Practice Directions have evolved with the ever-increasing presence of COVID-19 within our jurisdiction, and as well as the changing of Statutory Instruments related to this pandemic.  

A protocol has also been established to address Potentially Exposed Staff,” it explained.

 Staff rotation has been put in place to ensure that there is the ability to practice social distancing in the workplace.

The Supreme Court and the General Registry will be closed for the next 2 weeks commencing the 7th September, 2020 to the 18th September, 2020.  

All office space will be sanitized on the 7th and 8th of September, 2020 as a precaution and in keeping with the Ministry of Health Protocol.   

A skeleton staff will assist with urgent applications.

All filing should be forwarded to E-filing@registry.gov.bz.

Bail applications will be heard remotely.  All queries are to be forwarded to info@belizejudiciary.org.

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