Friday, September 09, 2005

Use of new technology makes Gibraltar legal history

The Supreme Court, which this year marks its 175th anniversary, made local legal history this week when it allowed the use of Video Conferencing Technology as part of an international legal case spanning half the globe.

The case required testimony from people as far apart as Los Angeles and Mexico City, and the technology had to be good enough to pass the critical scrutiny of the judge and counsel in the process of cross-examination of witnesses.

The system was installed by CTS, a Gibraltar based IT & Telecoms company that provides Video Conferencing facilities as part of their product portfolio.

“We’ve installed this kind of system to various corporate clients in the past and have been asked by many others to provide a rental service,” said Steve Lambourne, CTS’ Technical Director.

“This particular requirement was one of the first of these and a first for the Gibraltar Supreme Court.

They are becoming more widely used and accepted these days as some of the more recent high-profile court cases in America have shown.”

A number of events are planned to mark the court’s 175th anniversary.

Today, local artist Willa Vasquez will present Chief Justice Derek Schofield with a painting of the court house.

Glendon Martinez, director of the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau , will also present him with a framed copy of a special commemorative stamp.

Mr Justice Schofield will also host a reception on Thursday next week, while further events will take place on the following Friday, which marks the opening of the legal year.

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