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Police: Video Conferencing

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 33154, tabled on 8 April 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what further plans he has to extend the scope for police officers to give evidence via video link during trials.

Answered on

18 April 2016

Use of video in criminal cases provides efficiencies which benefit all criminal justice agencies, and support victims and witnesses. In particular video links allow police officers to give evidence to the court from a police station, rather than attending a courthouse, making significant savings in working hours for the police.

The use of video within Police Forces is well established for the giving of evidence. HMCTS is also working with Police Forces to extend the use of video to applications for search warrants and other warrants.

The Government is investing over £700m to modernise the courts and tribunals. This investment will not only mean an extension in the extent of video usage by police, but also an increase in benefits.