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  • The Government is seeking to equip the nation’s courts with the relevant technology as part of measures to increase efficiency.

The Government is seeking to equip the nation’s courts with the relevant technology as part of measures to increase efficiency.

During a recent interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’, Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, said the main parish courts and all the supreme courts will be equipped with audiovisual technology, “so that everything that is said and done in the courts will be recorded”.

“So, during a trial, you will not need the judge taking longhand any longer. Whatever is recorded, the technology is such that immediately, it can be transcribed into written print so that at the end of the day, the transcript will be ready,” Mr. Chuck said.

The Minister said this will allow cases to move more easily, so that at the end of the trial, if there is an appeal, it can be sent to the Court of Appeal.

“If the judge needs time to revise and look at the transcript, it can be printed. Defence counsel and prosecutors will also have a copy,” he added.