Justice ministers have made personal appearances to give their backing to virtual courts and ?live link? communications between police stations and magistrates? courts. Nick Herbert (pictured) and Jonathan Djanogly visited a police station in North Kent and a court in Chester last week to see the video technology in use.

The Ministry of Justice said that live link, which allows police officers to give evidence remotely, has saved more than 100 hours of police time in 24 cases.

By contrast, defence solicitors claim the system creates problems for those at court.

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