Courts: Video Conferencing

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 29th November 2018.

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Photo of Liz Saville-Roberts Liz Saville-Roberts Shadow PC Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Women and Equalities) , Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader, Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 24 July 2018 to Question 164973 on Courts: Video Conferencing, what information HMCTS holds on witnesses who have appeared in court proceedings via video link in each year since 2013.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The number of defendants appearing by video link, for the period requested, is set out by year in the table below.

Year

Total Defendants via Video Link

2013

59,371

2014

80,284

2015

91,489

2016

86,518

2017

87,789

We are unable to calculate what proportion of defendants appear in court via video link, as HMCTS does not record the total number of defendants who appear in court each year.
  1. The data is based on a manual return for Magistrates' and Crown Courts.
  2. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale manual recording system.
  3. Data is management information and is not subject to the same level of checks as official statistics.
  4. Figures shown are for the number of defendants recorded as using video link from a prison or police station for a trial or hearing in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. A single defendant is recorded only once.
HMCTS records the number of Magistrates’ and Crown court trials where a video link is used for witnesses and that data is set out in the table below. A single trial may make multiple use of the video link for different witnesses but will only be recorded once.

Year

Total No of trials/hearings with Witness(s) via Video link

2013

8,246

2014

9,023

2015

10,733

2016

10,373

2017

11,046

  1. The data are based on a manual return from Magistrates' and Crown Courts.
  2. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale manual recording system.
  3. Data are management information and are not subject to the same level of checks as official statistics.
  4. A single trial or hearing may make multiple use of the video link but will be recorded only once.

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