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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 23: The Correctional Institutions and Sentences Enforcement Department in the Ministry of Interior, in cooperation with the Public Prosecution, has completed preparations for the online issuance of verdicts project; instead of transferring the accused from the Central Prison to the Justice Palace, reports Al-Jarida daily quoting a source from the security sector.
Sources confirmed the project includes the allocation of an integrated courtroom inside the Central Prison equipped with a screen through which the judge appears via audiovisual technology, while the accused and his defense team will be inside the courtroom.
The defense team shall submit the pleas and then the judge issues the verdict online. If the judge decides to release the accused, all the necessary procedures will be completed inside the courtroom including the payment of bail as employees will be assigned there for this purpose. If the ruling is to continue the imprisonment, the accused will return to the Central Prison, the source disclosed. He explained this new mechanism will eliminate a number of procedures, such as the transfer of prisoners from the prison complex in Sulaibiya to the Justice Palace which is located in the heart of Kuwait City. He added this will also prevent delays that usually occur during the transfer of prisoners in case of an emergency.