Video-record tes­ti­mony to dis­suade flip-flop­ping

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: THE LEAD story, ‘Record them’, on the front page of The Gleaner (Oc­to­ber 24, 2016) is an in­ter­est­ing one that brings into sharp fo­cus the need for us to pri­ori­tise in the jus­tice and na­tional se­cu­rity sys­tem.

For far too long, we have been hear­ing sto­ries of how, for what­ever rea­son, wit­nesses have been flip-flop­ping in court where their tes­ti­mony re­ally mat­ters. We need to have that is­sue cor­rected once and for all.

I be­lieve that the Government can start out by pur­chas­ing the in­ter­view suite men­tioned in the re­port for St James and Kingston and St An­drew to be­gin with. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, they should in­tro­duce large flatscreen tele­vi­sion in court, so that the videos can be shown.

Min­is­ter of Jus­tice Del­roy Chuck has been push­ing for cases to be han­dled quickly by the court. Well, Mr Chuck, here is a way in which your ad­min­is­tra­tion can fa­cil­i­tate the process. Make it your pri­or­ity to, over the life of your ad­min­is­tra­tion, es­tab­lish even two of these suites, which will no doubt speed up the process.

As the ar­ti­cle men­tioned, there would have to be some amend­ments to cer­tain acts and prob­a­bly new leg­is­la­tion would have to be passed. Why not be­gin the process of con­sul­ta­tion with the stake­hold­ers to see what best can work in the Ja­maican con­text?

Our min­is­ter of jus­tice and min­is­ter of na­tional se­cu­rity must find the mo­ti­va­tion to get things like these off the ground. NEVILLE WIL­LIAMS will­nevillejm@gmail.com

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