Technology must be?embraced in Barbados’ court system to speed up the administration and delivery of justice.
Chief Justice Marston Gibson, making the call, is also encouraging wider use of computers by magistrates for more efficient communication.
He also advocates technological training for clerical officers in the courts.
Delivering the Fifth Distinguished Alumni Lecture on the topic Crime And Justice In 21st Century Barbados: New Challenges, New Responses at the University of the West Indies,?Cave Hill Campus Wednesday night, Barbados’ chief judge said in an era where people tweet and email, magistrates “should not be hobbled by this lack of technology especially as it impacts on the sentencing”.
He said magistrates themselves had complained about a lack of technology when he sat with them three weeks ago.
“The point I want to make is that today in the 21st century we need technology which accurately records what happens in Magistrates’ Court so as to take a lot of the quibbling . . . out of the fact-finding function which magistrates play.”
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