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Video recording interviews gives strong evidence: Chief Justice

September 29, 2018 6:50 pm

Fiji is in the throes of applying a Video Recording system within the justice system.

This was highlighted by Chief Justice Anthony Gates while delivering a speech during the Sir Moti Tikaram Memorial Lecture on Friday in Samabula.

Gates says a video recording system is a fairer approach to the interviewing of suspects.

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He adds though video recording may not been seen as a traditional role for the courts, it represents strong evidence.

“The video recording with its devices to prevent tampering the necessary corroborative evidence of the interview, it’s procedure and content, and it’s voluntariness said to have been conducted by the interviewing officer and his witness. This format meets our need for higher standards and an unquestionable record. Even documents put to the suspect can be stored without possibility of loss in the cloud and elsewhere.”

Video interviews are currently being piloted at a few police stations including at the CID Headquarters and at the Totogo Police Station in Suva.

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