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Government to modernise courtrooms

Published:Monday | September 15, 2008 | 10:33 AM

The Government said it would be introducing multi-million dollar computer Technology in some courtrooms as part of its efforts to reform the Justice System.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne, said the new system will be introduced on a phased basis in several courts in time for the Michaelmas Session of the Home Circuit Court.

Real time Court reporting is being introduced in four of the courtrooms at the Supreme Court.

In addition to seeing the notes of evidence as they are entered, the new system will allow for a transcript to be prepared and made available at the end of each day.

Senator Lightbourne said there are also plans to increase the number of the island’s judges.

The Justice Ministry rented three caucus rooms at the Jamaica Conference center in Kingston, to be used as courtrooms to speed up the trial of cases.

Senator Lightbourne said the repair of courthouses across the island and the planned building of others are on schedule.