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50% of UK courtrooms now classed as ‘hi-tech’

05 February, 2015

Benefits of wi-fi recognised as digital presentation becomes widespread in courtrooms - rollout expected to be completed in June 2015.

Alongside this, installation of professional court user wi-fi is continuing across England and Wales. This is due to be completed in March 2016.

Solicitor Jason Smith, from Thubrons, CKM and Hannays Solicitors, said after using professional court user wi-fi for the first time: “I have used the wi-fi in North Shields today – excellent speed.”

The presentation technology allows providers and advocates to use their own devices to show digital material on screens in the courtroom. This is achieved using wireless ‘ClickShare’ technology.

It makes it easier for everyone in the courtroom to follow proceedings. This includes prosecution and defence, defendants, victims, witnesses and the public.

Meanwhile, the wi-fi rollout is taking place across both magistrates’ and Crown Court buildings.

Once registered to use Criminal Justice Secure eMail (CJSM), providers are able to request access to the professional court user wi-fi service to connect to the internet and their own IT systems.

This will improve collaboration across the Criminal Justice System (CJS) as well as increasing productivity and efficiencies while working in court.

Digital working in the courtroom will reduce the need for documentation to be provided in hard copy formats for hearings and trials. This will save money, speed up processes and reduce the administrative burden.

To see which courts have the wi-fi installed use the Google map links below.

Magistrates’ courts

Crown Court buildings

The government aims to have criminal courts working digitally by July 2016.

To find out more about how a how a transformed digital Criminal Justice System (CJS) could look and work click here. 

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