FOSTERS partnered with the North Carolina Centre for Death Penalty Litigation and the North Carolina Superior Court presided over by Honorable Justice Paul Ridgeway on 21 and 22 February 2019, to facilitate witness testimony by 10 witnesses via video link in a Death Penalty sentencing hearing for a Saint Lucia National convicted of murder in North Carolina. 30 year old Seaga Gaillard also known as Seaga Gillard, a Saint Lucian National was convicted of murder on Wednesday 20 February 2019 by a jury in Wake County, North Carolina, USA. The witnesses giving evidence via video link from the FOSTERS conference room over a two day period, were not only family members but friends and community members seeking to reduce a possible death penalty sentence to life in prison.
The FOSTERS Team continues to demonstrate swift and dedicated service when called upon by not only their domestic but their international partners and particularly so in promoting and protecting civil liberties.
FOSTERS credits IT Specialists Innovative Business Solutions and FLOW for ensuring the court hearings were seamless with uninterrupted internet access. The ability to facilitate witness testimony between jurisdictions and to a court across international waters lends much credibility to our jurisdiction and demonstrates the scope and ability of technology to ensure reliable service to the international community.
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court is presently undergoing a Sentencing Guidelines Public Consultation which will assist sentencing courts in the approach they are to take in handing down sentences. It is expected that these guidelines will build up a bank of authority to assist courts, students of law and the public to better understand the principles and practice of sentencing law. For more information on the ECSC Sentencing Guidelines Public Consultation visit www.eccourts.org.