History amidst it all.
—Supreme Court of Guyana hosts first livestreamed court proceeding
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, July 15, 2020
The advent of the global COVID-19 pandemic has seen the world over embracing technology, and with the importance of social and physical distancing being paramount this is now seen as the new normal.
The increase of working from home, virtual learning in the education sector, E- Medicine and the E- management and governance is making demands on traditional communication networks.
The Supreme Court of Judicature in Guyana quietly has made history today.
Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George – in hearing a Fixed Date Application (FDA) filed in the High Court by private citizen Misenga Jones against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the Chairperson of GECOM, CEO Keith Lowenfield – shared that it is the first time a High Court proceeding is livestreamed.
In the current dispensation with the use of popular communications platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Skype, Cisco’s go-to-meeting, the court opted for the combination of Zoom and YouTube with some help from the Caribbean Court of Justice as indicated by Justice George.
This allowed not only for viewers in Guyana who are paying keen attention to the proceedings but for a global audience online and on television networks who chose to publish the stream.
The almost 52-minute broadcast saw 4,883 views on YouTube and a combined viewership from major news agencies in Guyana is over 70,000.
The global pandemic has brought to the fore the need for innovation and the use of technology to aid in the efficient running and management of states. Notably, Guyana amidst the prevailing circumstances can adapt.
The proceeding will continue with oral arguments this Friday, July 17 and viewers can join the live stream at The Supreme Court of Judicature of Guyana YouTube or follow one The Department of Public Information Guyana Facebook Page, at 2 pm.