Ellie Butler’s parents appear at inquest hearing via video from prisons – The Guardian

‘The parents of murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler have appeared via video link from their respective prisons at an inquest hearing into the death of their daughter, and interrupted the proceedings several times.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Clearer rules needed in the UK to support customer authentication by video, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘New rules are needed in the UK to make it clearer that it is acceptable for banks to verify the identity of new customers using video technology.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th July 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Judges’ intervention prompts video-link rethink for youth cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 15th, 2017 in courts, judges, live link evidence, news, young persons by sally

‘A senior judge has shed light on the push by the government to conduct court proceedings via video despite widespread concerns.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Video Link Evidence in the Commercial Court: Potential Pitfalls – Hardwicke Chambers

‘In the 21st century commercial practitioners often approach the question of whether the court will hear evidence by video link as one of practicality. Questions they will commonly ask themselves include the following: will the witness be in London during the trial timetable? Will the witness be able to find time (and obtain consent from a current employer) to fly to London? Where physically could the video evidence be given and is that a suitable location? How sure can the court be that the witness is not receiving clandestine assistance “off-camera”? How secure is the video link and what is the sound and picture quality? Indeed in preparing a case that involves a number of witnesses who live and work overseas the possibility of live video evidence may well feature in trial preparation as a necessity rather than an option.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 27th March 2017

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Vicar jailed after dying abuse victim gives evidence through eye-tracking software – The Independent

‘A retired vicar who abused a choirboy more than 35 years ago has been jailed for four years after his victim gave evidence through eye-tracking technology that translated his blinks into words.’

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The Independent, 11th March 2017

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Rolf Harris to appear at trial via video link, judge rules – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2016 in elderly, live link evidence, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Former TV entertainer Rolf Harris will not have to attend his sex attack trial in person because of his age and health, a judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2016

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Lord Chief Justice: public should decide if Islamic veil should be allowed in court – Daily Telegraph

“The most senior judge in England and Wales says a public consultation will open on the ‘divisive’ subject soon.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2013

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Lord Chief Justice suggests using Skype and FaceTime in courts – The Independent

“Video-call technology such as Skype and FaceTime could be used to allow criminal defendants to take part in court hearings from home, the most senior judge in England and Wales has said. In his first press conference, the new Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, said the use of such applications could reduce the cost of hearings held in the run up to a trial.”

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The Independent, 5th November 2013

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Ending the postcode lottery for inquests – Ministry of Justice

“Supporting bereaved families during an inquest will be at the heart of the new coroner system in England and Wales, Justice Minister Helen Grant said today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st March 2013

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Improving inquests – Ministry of Justice

“Supporting bereaved families during an inquest will be at the heart of the new coroner system.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st March 2013

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Improving justice through new technology – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 21st, 2013 in live link evidence, news by sally

“Justice Minister Damian Green saw how new technology is being used at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court to improve the justice system. A demonstration of a video-link system and tablet devices showed how the court is increasing efficiency.”

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Ministry of Justice, 17th January 2013

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

More justice dispensed via video – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 7th, 2013 in evidence, live link evidence, news, police, witnesses by sally

“Communities across the country will be benefitting from swift and effective justice as thousands more court appearances will take place via video-link technology, Justice and Policing Minister Damian Green said today [3 January].”

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd January 2013

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

How video hearings are speeding up court cases – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 6th, 2012 in courts, criminal procedure, live link evidence, news, pilot schemes by sally

“Video hearings are being extended in a number of courts across the country as part of an initiative involving police and courts staff working together. Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie from Cheshire Police explains the benefits of these new ‘virtual courts’ for the justice system.”

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Ministry of Justice, 27th February 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Virtual courts brings swifter justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 29th, 2011 in courts, criminal procedure, live link evidence, news, sentencing by sally

“Increased use of virtual courts and live links technology is making justice quicker and more effective, Justice Ministers Nick Herbert and Jonathan Djanogly said today (28 November).”

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Ministry of Justice, 28th November 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Virtual court scheme too expensive, says report – The Independent

Posted December 21st, 2010 in live link evidence, magistrates, news, pilot schemes by sally

“Rolling out virtual courts would cost more than it would save, a report found today. A pilot project, in which defendants appeared via video link from a police station for their first appearance at a magistrates’ court, cost £247 more per case than the traditional court process, the study for the Ministry of Justice found.”

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The Independent, 21st December 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Courts ‘should take more video link evidence’ – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2010 in live link evidence, news by sally

“Courts should make more use of video links to make it easier for witnesses to give evidence without going to court, the government has said.”

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BBC News, 19th October 2010

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Solicitors boycott virtual courts – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2009 in courts, live link evidence, news, solicitors by sally

“A government scheme to allow defendants to be dealt with via ‘virtual courts’ is being boycotted by solicitors who say it is ‘justice on the cheap’.

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BBC News, 31st July 2009

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Virtual courts deliver quick and efficient justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 30th, 2009 in courts, live link evidence, news by sally

“The new virtual court pilot in Lewisham Police Station was formally opened today by Justice Ministers Bridget Prentice and Claire Ward.”

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Ministry of Justice, 30th July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Straw: virtual courts deliver swift justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 29th, 2009 in courts, live link evidence, press releases by sally

“Justice Secretary Jack Straw praised the first virtual court pilot for delivering justice faster and more efficiently, when he visited Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court.”

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Ministry of Justice, 27th May 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jack Straw defends virtual courts after trial at police station – The Times

Posted May 28th, 2009 in live link evidence, magistrates, news by sally

“Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, was in court yesterday — to defend his plans for ‘virtual courts’, under which thousands of defendants will lose their right to have a courtroom hearing.”

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The Times, 28th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk