Ministry of Justice Media Update - Christchurch Earthquake
Ministry of Justice media update - Christchurch
UPDATE ONE – 5pm
Wednesday 23 February:
Ministry’s immediate focus has been on accounting for all
our staff and establishing their welfare.
There has been extensive damage to several Ministry
workplaces and those that remain undamaged are likely to be
disrupted by access and power issues so there will be no
court sittings in Christchurch tomorrow.
Prisoners were evacuated from the main Court building by
Police directly after the earthquake.
Court fixtures scheduled tomorrow in Timaru, Ashburton and
Rangiora are unlikely to go ahead.
Ministry is working with our sector partners on contingency
plans for essential justice services including current and
• Further media
updates will be issued as new information comes to hand.
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