Remote trials now in full swing, says ministry

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AMMAN  — Courts and correctional facilities are now fully linked to an electronic system that enables remote court trials, the Ministry of Justice announced Wednesday, Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

In a statement, Justice Minister Ahmed Ziyadat said that the three-phase project, launched in partnership with the Judicial Council and the Public Security Department, has been completed, connecting about 23 court rooms and 17 rehabilitation centers.

Launched in 2019, the remote trial project was based on the second paragraph of Article 158 of the Code of Criminal Procedure No. 9 of 1961 and its amendments, which allows prosecutors and courts to leverage modern technologies.

Some 42,000 remote hearings were held since the project began, allowing courts to hear 200 witness in different cases. Remote trials have expedited litigation procedures, cut prisoner transportation costs and reduced contact among people under the current health situation imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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