Virtual court opens in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 October 2013

Police and crime commissioner David Lloyd

Police and crime commissioner David Lloyd


Suspected crooks will now face justice from a Hertfordshire police station after a new virtual court was opened.

Police and crime commissioner David Lloyd opened it on Monday in a bid to “digitalise, streamline and make the criminal justice system more efficient”.

It will be the county’s second virtual court, based at Hoddesdon Police Station, where there is a large custody suite. The existing one is in Watford.

Backers say it reduces the need to move suspects from custody to court by enabling them to appear before magistrates via a video link from the police station.

Mr Lloyd said: “Hertfordshire is at the leading edge of using video technology within the justice processes.

“My Police and Crime Plan, ‘Everybody’s Business’, highlights the need for reforms to the in-court experience by extending the use of virtual courts.

“I am therefore really pleased to be able to see this innovation in two of our custody stations and plans are already in place to continue its expansion into Stevenage.”

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