Courts: Technology

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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Photo of Christina Rees Christina Rees Labour, Neath

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how he plans to make greater use of video conferencing and other technology in reforming the court system; and what assessment he has made of the effect of greater use of such technology on the delivery of local justice.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ensure that access to justice is maintained, we are committed to providing alternative ways for users to access our services, including the use of other civic buildings and extending video conferencing facilities. This will further reduce the need for vulnerable victims and witnesses to travel to attend court.

We will consider all identified impacts on the delivery of justice once the consultation closes and all responses have been fully analysed.

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