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Crime news: Professional Court User wi-fi now in 32 courts

Update on latest magistrates’ and Crown Court buildings kitted out with 'Professional Court User wi-fi'.

Wi-fi rollout has now been completed in 24 magistrates’ and 8 Crown Court buildings.

The system being used is ‘Professional Court User (PCU) wi-fi’. There are 302 sites across the court estate.

The aim is to have all criminal courts working digitally by July 2016. National rollout is being delivered through the Criminal Justice System Efficiency Programme.

Below are links to special maps showing the extent of the rollout to date and which court buildings are next in line to be equipped with the system.

How does it work?

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) already sends information to the magistrates’ courts in digital format.

Using CJSM secure email, practitioners are able to access PCU wi-fi and their own IT systems. The idea is to improve collaboration across the justice system

In the courtroom, digital working reduces the need for documentation to be provided in hard copy formats for hearings and trials. This saves money and encourage more efficient working.

Introducing PCU wi-fi is especially valuable as more providers now have the option of submitting CRM14 eForms for online criminal legal aid applications. Wi-fi enhances the ability to complete and submit legal aid applications while in the court building.

Providers should make enquiries at their local court for more details.

Further information

Crown Court PCU wi-fi map

Magistrates’ Court PCU wi-fi map

CJSEfficiency@cps.gsi.gov.uk – for enquiries about PCU wi-fi technology

CJS efficiency programme

Criminal legal aid processing: applications and digital systems

Rollout of digital in-court presentation technology

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