Blackout in Penang court annex causes disarray


GEORGE TOWN: The three-storey annex building currently housing the High Courts and a Magistrate's court in George Town was left in darkness, believed to be due to a substation explosion.

Lawyers and the police were seen sweating it out while they waited in hopes of it being fixed.

Notices saying all High Court cases to be heard Monday (April 15) were postponed until further notice were put up to notify those concerned.

By 10am, most of the courtrooms and hallways were left deserted while some lawyers waited it out only to be told their cases would be postponed to Tuesday (April 16).

A court interpreter who declined to be named said he heard that the substation had exploded at 11pm Sunday (April 14).

"We are not sure what time the electricity will come back.

"We heard it will take about eight hours to fix and they did bring in a generator but we are not sure if cases will be heard in the afternoon.

"It will most likely be postponed to tomorrow," he said when met in court Monday.

The Annex building which usually houses the Sessions and Magistrate's courts made way for the High Courts after the High Court building here was temporarily closed last year for restoration work due to structural defects in some sections.


   

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