TWELVE virtual courts will be in operation by next week.
This according to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi at a virtual news conference on Friday to give an update on measures being taken by the Government to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said there were six courts currently in operation virtually and by next by next week there will be courts as follows:
- 4 at the Golden Grove Prison
- 4 at the Maximum Security Prison
- 1 – Eastern Correctional Rehabilitation Centre
- 1 – Women’s Prison
- 1 – Port-of-Spain prison
- 1 – Youth Training and Rehabilitation Centre
He said this plan for virtual courts have been in the works for four years now and was “groundbreaking.”
Al-Rawi said the majority of prisoners would no longer be transported to court.
He said the Government paid between $60 to $80 million annually for the transportation of prisoners.
Al-Rawi said Containers were retrofitted for virtual courtroom sittings at a cost $70,000 each.