Public participation in proceedings conducted by video or audio

Prisons and Courts Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:00 pm on 18 April 2017.

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Question proposed, That the schedule be the Sixth schedule to the Bill.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Schedule 6 facilitates the observation of fully virtual hearings by members of the public and the media. The measures also prohibit unauthorised recording of virtual hearings in order to protect the solemnity of the court as well as the rights of victims, defendants and other participants. We propose to enable members of the public to view virtual hearings using screens located in court buildings.

Question put and agreed to.

Schedule 6 accordingly agreed to.

Clause 35