02 August 2012
Late attendance, both at court and at the police station, can affect the running of virtual courts
Virtual courts generally begin at the same time as any other court. However, enough time needs to factored in. For instance:
Prompt attendance, that considers the above, will help prevent delays occurring in the day's list, benefitting all court users.
Virtual courts and live links are operational in London, Kent, Cheshire and Hertfordshire.
Video technology is, for some cases, already providing a better alternative to defendants, police, witnesses and victims physically having to attend court buildings.
Video links from police station to court, prison to court or even local community centre to court can benefit witnesses, save police time and reduce the risk of escape.