Police and witnesses to give video evidence in Devon courts
Police officers and vulnerable witnesses will be able to give evidence in Devon and Cornwall courts via video link from this year.
The Ministry of Justice is to install live-link video to enable police and witnesses to give evidence without visiting courts in 13 areas across the country - including Devon and Cornwall.
The technology is already in use in Essex, London, Kent, Cheshire, South Wales, Hertfordshire and the West Midlands.
In the last year there have been 75,000 video appearances in court, saving an estimated 300 police hours.
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Justice Minister Damian Green said: “We want the justice system to respond more effectively to the needs of victims, witnesses and professionals.
“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.
“This is one part of our drive to create a swifter and more efficient justice system for all.”
As well as Devon and Cornwall, the system is to be rolled out across Avon and Somerset, Cambridgeshire, Dorset, Derbyshire, Gwent, Northamptonshire, North Wales, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Sussex, Staffordshire and Wiltshire.
Evidence could be given from police stations and other public or local authority buildings.