Thirteen regions will be rolling out video technology in their court services during 2013, helping local communities benefit from quick effective justice.
The initiative means thousands more court appearances will take place via video-link technology. This will help lower transport costs, reduce prisoner movements, as well as save on police hours.
Justice and Policing 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.'
The areas that will be rolling out video technology in 2013 are Avon and Somerset, Cambridgeshire, Sussex, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Dorset, Northamptonshire, Devon and Cornwall, Wiltshire, North Wales, Gwent, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.