Friday, May 29, 2009

Virtual Magistr8s

According to this report we are entering an era where you don't have to enter a court to get your audience with the Magistrates.

I'm personally a big fan of anything that reduces some of the ludicrous delays and rampant inefficiency we have in the current system. As a computer guy who also happens to be a Magistrate, I'm also delighted when my two worlds collide.

You have to wonder though whether anything would be lost. Would we reach the same verdicts by watching a small computer screen as we would if the accused were life-sized and sweating, blushing and smirking a few feet away ? Would we show as much compassion for a bunch of pixels as we do for our fellow humans?

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