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Probing Justice | Staff shortage hurting parish courts

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Parish court judges are upset that they are not being given the tools to do the job.

Some judges complain that there are outstations in some parishes that have no telephone or Internet service, and in some court buildings, there is no online access.

The judges are also disappointed with the failure of the justice ministry to provide them with staff, particularly for the preparation of notes of evidence in appeal cases.

"There has been talk for quite some time now of court reporters being assigned to parish courts to take verbatim notes at trials, but this has not materialised," said one parish court judge.

He said that he was aware of the move to install video-link and digital-recording equipment in all the courts, but so far, they have not been informed about how the recorded notes are going to be transcribed.