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Video scheme should create 'swifter' justice system
WILTSHIRE is one of 13 areas launching a new scheme using video technology to save police and court time.
Justice and Policing Minister Damian Green said the local community will benefit from quick and effective justice as court appearances will take place via video-link technology.
The scheme, being launched in 13 areas in England and Wales, will allow police officers to give evidence in court from the station.
In the past year an estimated 75,000 video appearances took place during criminal cases, meaning savings in transport costs and a reduction in prisoner movements.
The live links dealt with a range of offences from burglary, theft and assault to first hearings for more serious offences such as murder, and saved an estimated 300 hours of police time.
Mr Green said: “We want the justice system to respond more effectively to the needs of victims, witnesses and professionals.
“Video technology is the future and I am extremely pleased that Wiltshire 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.”