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Crime news: wi-fi for CRM14 eForm users

Interim solution to give providers access to wi-fi in solicitors' rooms at selected magistrates’ courts.

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Special wi-fi networks have been set up at 5 new sites to join a select group of court buildings able to give crime contract holders access to our eForms portal.

The networks work by providing a 4G network in solicitors’ rooms using a mobile wireless router known as MiFi.

The new sites are in North Staffordshire, Leicester, Warley, Coventry and Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Courts.

The idea is to help providers connect to wi-fi on laptops, tablets or mobile phones to submit their CRM14 eForms.

It also means that providers will be able to use Criminal Justice Secure eMail (CJSM) in the solicitors’ rooms of the court buildings benefiting from MiFi.

MiFi and the wider Criminal Justice System (CJS) efficiency programme

Using MiFi in this way is an interim solution agreed between ourselves and HMCTS to provide a temporary 4G solution pending the introduction of HMCTS professional court user wi-fi.

This network does not replace the wide-ranging HMCTS professional court user wi-fi developed with the CJS efficiency programme.

HMCTS professional court user wi-fi will replace our interim solution with a comprehensive rollout programme to equip courts with wi-fi.

Where are these networks available?

The networks are available in solicitors’ rooms in the following magistrate’s courts.

  • Liverpool
  • Wirral
  • Runcorn
  • Chester
  • Derby
  • Nottingham
  • Warley
  • Coventry
  • Wolverhampton
  • Leicester
  • North Staffordshire

What do I need to do now?

The network is a private network for crime contract holders only and is only for the submission of the CRM14 eForm and accessing CJSM emails.

Providers will need to email the Crime Change Programme to request passwords for the sites where they wish to make use of the new networks – see contact details below. They will also need to include details of all colleagues in the firm they will share the passwords with.

Why are you doing this?

In partnership with HMCTS we have listened to feedback from providers who feel that having wi-fi in court buildings will help them to maximise the benefits of the CRM14 eForm.

Further information

Email – to request passwords for sites you wish to access

WebEx online training – to book training on CRM14 eForm

Criminal legal aid processing: applications and digital systems

Contract signing launches installation of wi-fi in courts – news story about CJS efficiency programme

Interactive maps showing professional court user-wi-fi sites

Published 23 October 2014