Northants Police To Spend Less Time In Court

3 January 2013, 14:55 | Updated: 3 January 2013, 18:35

Northamptonshire is one of thirteen areas that will roll out video technology in some of their court services during 2013 Justice and Policing Minister Damian Green said today.

Mr Green said the local community will benefit from quick and effective justice as court appearances will take place via video-link technology saving police and court time.

The region is one of thirteen areas across England and Wales to launch this new scheme, where technology will allow police officers to give evidence in court from the station Mr Green said today.                  

Over the past year, around the country, an estimated 75,000 video appearances took place during criminal cases resulting in savings in transport costs and a reduction in prisoner movements. As a result of live links an estimated 300 valuable police hours were saved. They dealt with a range of offences from burglary, theft, assault to first hearings for more serious offences such as murder.

Justice Minister Damian Green said: "We want the justice system to respond more effectively to the needs of victims, witnesses and professionals. Video technology is the future and I am extremely pleased that Northamptonshire will be rolling out this technology during 2013.

This is one part of our drive to create a swifter and more efficient justice system for all."