Night courts staff get back pay
Clerical staff at the night courts received two months in back pay this week,The Nassau Guardianhas learned.
This is the first payment to staff since July. Upset staff did not show up to work on November 16 and December 3 to protest unpaid wages.
Magistrates were forced to adjourn cases when support staff did not show up for work. The courts deal with small civil claims and traffic cases.
However, the staff returned to work without receiving a definitive answer on when they would be paid.The Guardianunderstands that the staff is still uncertain when they will receive the balance owed to them.
In November, Magistrate James Moxey told litigants that court could not sit due to circumstances beyond his control. Magistrate Ellen Serville heard first pleas. Two weeks later, Moxey did not sit at all. Litigants were told they would be informed of new court dates and were asked to sign a piece of paper as proof they were present.
According to a source, sometimes staff members work past midnight after completing full shifts in other courts.