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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent from the public purse on the commissioning research on the effectiveness of court hearings by video link in each year since 2010.
As part of HMCTS’ wider reform programme the various forms in which video links are used in hearings are kept under regular internal review to ensure they are working efficiently.
There has been no external evaluation commissioned which encompasses all of the various forms of video links used in hearings. Specific projects, such as the ‘Process evaluation of pre-recorded cross-examination pilot (Section 28)’ have been undertaken by Ministry of Justice Analytical Services. This evaluation project cost a total of £54,520 spent between 2015 and 2016, and was published in September 2016.