Plans to modernize the accounts department at the Magistrates’ Court will address “unacceptable delays” in the processing of child support payments, Chief Justice Brian Moree announced this week.
An automated program expected to come on stream in the first quarter of the year, will eliminate the need to come into the Magistrates’ Court complex to either pay or collect money, Moree said.
He said, “The procedure will be automated and operate similar to the topping up of telephone cards through compact terminals in retail outlets and other public buildings.”
Moree said the recent introduction of direct bank transfer had reduced the problem of the unacceptable delays and inconvenience experienced by people making or receiving payments from the court.
Moree said expressions of interest for the program were under review.
He said, “The initial assessment of the responses will be completed shortly and thereafter we expect to work through the process, and launch the module before the end of the first quarter of this year.”
Moree said he expected to receive a report from the auditor general regarding the operations in the accounting department later this month.
He said, “We will use this report to inform our decisions on future plans relating to matters and accounting procedures in the Magistrates’ Court.”