Video link system installed at Bordelais Correctional Facility

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Video link system installed at Bordelais Correctional Facility

PRESS RELEASE – A ceremony held at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 marked the introduction of the Bordelais Correctional Facility Video Link System.

The video link system, which was tested at the Registry of the High Court during the ceremony, signifies the first installation for a correctional facility within the jurisdiction of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

Also present to endorse and welcome the introduction of the video link facility at the Bordelaise Correctional Facility was Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Senator Phillip La Corbiniere, who is also the minister for legal affairs.

“I believe that the system being installed at the Bordelais Correctional Facility represents an extension of efforts to ensure that we are able to expand the framework for access to justice in our courts,” he said.

Speaking at the ceremony and declaring the video link system ready for use, Chief Justice Dame Janice M. Pereira  indicated that the video link facility will lessen both the costs and risks associated with moving large numbers of prisoners between the courtroom and the Bordelais Correctional Facility on a regular basis, noting the distance between the two locations covers miles.

“With the continued advancement of video-conferencing technology, the opportunity now presents itself for the Bordelais Correctional Facility to utilise the prison video link facility which allows one or more persons to participate remotely in court proceedings from the Correctional Facility,” the chief justice said.

The minister along with officials of the court  extended sincere thanks to the British government through British High Commissioner Victoria Dean and Resident British Commissioner Andy Price for the funding of this project.

A similar video link system has already been in operation at the Family Court for some time now and has proved successful.

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court was the implementing agency for the video link system at the Bordelais Correctional Facility and also within the courtroom circuit.

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  1. Glad to know that Britain is still around and hasn't shrugged off Her responsibility within the OECS. Long live the Little-ones. We're not strong and old enough to swim in this ocean, which is infested with ugly, teeth-showing sharks.

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  2. Does this solve the problem of all of the accused still having to appear in front of the same judge? We have one judge to try criminal offences this money could have gone into hiring more judges to speed up our Justice System. Is either that these Governments are DUMB or REALLY DUMB.

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