Courts to introduce video recordings
November 23, 2017 12:17 am
Fiji Courts will soon introduce video recordings of the proceedings that will be used as evidence in the Court of Appeal.
This was revealed by Chief Justice, Anthony Gates, who says currently they only do audio recordings to prepare transcripts.
“So the judges of the appeals court can look at what one witness said and another witness said and decide the history of credibility. General Appeals Court do not interfere with the lower court’s decision on credibility.”
Justice Gates says this exercise will provide a better understanding to the judge when making a ruling.
A pilot project will commence next week during a High Court proceeding.
Depending on the outcome of the pilot, video recordings will begin in the High Court first.
It will be later introduced in the Criminal and Magistrates Courts.