Digital recording equipment for magistrates’ courts

Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson received a donation of digital recording equipment from Sirah Abraham, Criminal Justice Adviser from the Embassy of the United States and the British High Commission.

The equipment will be used in magistrates’ courts and is jointly funded by the criminal justice reform project of the US Government and the British Government.

The digital recording machines will reduce the delay in court proceedings by replacing the laborious task of making hand written notes of evidence and providing an accurate note of proceedings for trials and appeals.

From left: Barbara Cooke-Alleyne Registrar; (partly hidden) Christopher Birch Chief Magistrate; Sir Marston Gibson Chief Justice; Sirah Abraham Criminal Justice Adviser; Marcia Thompson Registrar’s office.

From left: Barbara Cooke-Alleyne Registrar; (partly hidden) Christopher Birch Chief Magistrate; Sir Marston Gibson Chief Justice; Sirah Abraham Criminal Justice Adviser; Marcia Thompson Registrar’s office.

Digital recording will allow magistrates to concentrate fully on the court proceedings. Accuracy of evidence given can be easily reviewed which will result in more reliable decisions. There will be fewer appeals and reduced delays in the appeals that are brought. Serious matters will be brought to a conclusion much earlier and time spent on remand will be reduced, which will help address the serious issue of prison overcrowding.

Sir Marston said, “On behalf of the judiciary of Barbados, particularly the magistracy, I want to express my profound gratitude for the donation of the digital recording equipment which will go a long way to reduce time spent producing transcripts of proceedings, in particular preventing hard working magistrates having to write down everything that happens in the magistrates’ courts.”

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