Video links save time and money
Crawley will benefit from a ‘swifter and more effective justice system’ this year as new technology will allow people to appear in court via video.
Sussex is one of thirteen areas that will roll out video technology in their court service this year.
This will allow witnesses and police officers to appear in court via video link from remote witness links and police stations.
Justice and policing minister Damian Green explained this will benefit local police forces as time and money will no longer be wasted by police officers travelling to and from court and waiting outside the courtroom to give evidence..
He said: “Video technology is the future and I am extremely pleased that Sussex will be rolling out this technology during 2013.
“This is one part of our drive to create a swifter and more efficient justice system for all.”
Seven Criminal Justice Service (CJS) areas already operate live links. These are Essex, London, Kent, Cheshire, South Wales, Hertfordshire and West Midlands. Over the past year an estimated 75,000 video appearances took place during criminal cases.
As a result of live links an estimated 300 valuable police hours were saved.
The technology also helps to save in transport costs and reduce prisoner movements.
A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “We very much welcome it as a way of providing evidence to the courts when court attendance is not needed, thus helping us provide a greater police presence in local communities.”
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