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Judiciary, lawyers at odds over tech

MARIA BRADSHAW, [email protected]

Judiciary, lawyers at odds over tech

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The judiciary and the Bar Association seem to be at odds over the manner in which cases are being dealt with during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registrar Barbara Cooke-Alleyne told the Sunday Sun that the judiciary was utilising technology such as Zoom, Prison Link and telephone conference calls to facilitate bail and civil matters.

She said since the partial closure of the courts, Government had invested in adequate technology that would accommodate virtual trials and that laptops had been purchased and will be programmed with adequate software and security features for judges to work remotely.

However, the Bar Association expressed concern that several cases were still being adjourned, some for as long as five months and said they were not convinced that the majority of civil court judges had embraced the technology. (MB)

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