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Court video-link technology to be used in 13 more areas

Court video-link technology to be used in 13 more areas

CCTV systems have long been known to be a vital tool to aid police in their fight against crime, but similar technology will help to benefit the judicial process in the future, a government official has said.

Damien Green, the justice and policing minister, stated that thousands more court appearances are set to be delivered via video-link systems and it will help bring swift and effective justice.

In 2013, Avon and Somerset, Cambridgeshire, Sussex, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Dorset, Northamptonshire, Devon and Cornwall, Wiltshire, North Wales, Gwent, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are due to start using police witness to court video-link devices.

Throughout 2012, around 75,000 video appearances were used in criminal proceedings, resulting in substantial savings in transport costs and freeing up police staff.

Mr Green said the justice system should be about the needs of a victim.

"Video technology is vital in this and I am extremely pleased that thousands more people up and down the country will be seeing more criminal justice areas and courts making use of the technology," he added.

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