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12 Virtual Courts by Next Week – AG

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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.

 

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