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.