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Justice at WorkJustice@Work Newsletter, 2020-2021, Vol 01 [1.45mb]
Audio Visual Remand: An audiovisual system which facilitates connection between correctional centres and courts.

Whilst the whole world has swiftly moved into the fourth industrial revolution, the Department continues gravitating towards modernisation as a possible investment to its systems which ultimately improves efficiency.

Over the years, Justice has made great strides in embracing technology and modern systems to maximise efficacy in its mandate to disburse justice services for all. During the 2016/17 financial year, the Department introduced a new administrative solution, Mojapay, to address the accounting and service delivery challenges and inadequate management and administration of Third Party Funds.

A couple of years before the launch of the Mojapay system, the Department unveiled an efficient, time and cost-saving system for the awaiting trial detainees which was piloted at a number of courts and correctional centres nationally. Officially unveiled in 2011, the Audio Visual Remand (AVR) system allows detainees to be tried while at correctional centres through a video link to corresponding courts handling their cases. This revolutionary system has proven to be very effective in minimising the possibilities of escapes as most detainees tend to escape while in transit from a correctional centre to a court and vice-versa.

In sharing the progress on the benefits of the AVR system to date, we have put together this special edition to showcase how court officials, who are using the system, marvel at its effectiveness, not only in saving time and minimising escapes, but also in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

Read more in this special edition how all the courts that spoke to Justice@Work admire the fact that they were able to remand cases even during level 5 of the national lockdown, all thanks to the AVR system. We hope you will enjoy reading this special edition and please do feel free to contact us if you have any comments or queries.

Articles:

  • p 03 AVR, a great innovation for Witbank and Jo’burg Courts
  • p 05 AVR system, making life easier at New Brighton Court
  • p 06 AVR proves to be best project fitting in the ‘new normal’
  • p 08 Blue Downs Court gives AVR system thumbs up
  • p 09 Thohoyandou Court appreciates AVR system

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