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Lawyer says caution should be exercised with introduction of video testimony systems

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2015 | 6:28 AM
One of three video testimony systems is to be installed in the Supreme Court next month.

Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels says video testimony systems should only be used in cases where it is absolutely necessary.

One of three such systems is to be installed in the Supreme Court next month.

It will allow witnesses to give testimony via live video link.

Judges will have the ability to block the faces of witnesses for their own protection.

Samuels says the development is a step in the right direction, as it will allow persons to testify without fear of retribution.

However, he says caution should be exercised to ensure that persons do not try to beat the system.

 

Attorney at Law, Bert Samuels

The video testimony systems are being donated by the United States government.

However, Samuels says local officials should be wary of international donations to the Justice system which could influence policy decisions.

 

Attorney at Law, Bert Samuels

According to Samuels, foreign nations are free to donate to other sectors.