Temporary Closure of the High Court and TheFamily Court

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Antigua and Barbuda High Court of Justice

NOTICE No. 69

TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Temporary Closure of the High Court and TheFamily Court

Notice is hereby given that the High Court and the Family Court will be closed to the general public from Wednesday 27th December, 2023 to Friday 5th January, 2024 to facilitate improvements to both courts.  The courts will re-open on the 9th January, 2024.Both courts will reopen on the 9th January, 2024.

HIGH COURT

All filing, service and disposition of matters not presently on the E Litigation Portal should be done by the mail address “[email protected]” as was done during the closure of the High Court during the pandemic.  

All filing, service and disposition of matters on the E Litigation Portal will continue as usual.  Attorneys are kindly asked to refer to Practice Direction No 2 of 20 Covid-19 Emergency Measures (Re-Issue) for guidance, including the requirement for filing of an Undertaking with respect to the payment of filing fees in respect of matters not on the portal, on the re-opening of the Court on Monday 8th January, 2024.

Injunctions and other urgent matters filed manually via the Emergency Filings email must also be copied to the Court Administrator Tammie Gage at [email protected] and copied to the Registrar and Deputy Registrar respectively at [email protected] and [email protected].

FAMILY COURT

The filing of matters on the E Litigation Portal will continue as usual.

Filing appointments scheduled during the period that the Family Court will be closed are adjourned and will be rescheduled for a later date.

The filing of Domestic Violence matters by the Gender Affairs Department will be forwarded to the Family Court for immediate action.

Payments for Child Maintenance will be collected on the re-opening of the Family Court on the 9th January, 2024.

Urgent matters can be directed to the Office Manager of the Family Court at [email protected].

Any inconvenience caused is regretted.

Dated the 21st December, 2023

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Cecile Hill

Registrar of the High Court

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