Dozens of flexible court pilots will speed up cases and help modernise criminal justice services.
The Minister made the announcement during a visit to Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Magistrates’ court.
Flexible courts will include:
- Courts to sit outside traditional working hours and on weekends
- Increased use of video-link technology including prison to court links where suspects can appear in court from prison and from police stations to the court for first hearings
- 48 pilots to go live in coming weeks across England and Wales
Justice Minister Damian Green said:
‘We want the justice system to respond further and more effectively to the needs of victims, witnesses and the local community. I am extremely pleased that thousands more people up and down the country will benefit from flexible courts in their communities.
“This is one part of our drive to create a swifter, surer and more flexible justice system for all.’
Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Magistrates’ court is operating extended hours and uses video-links so suspects can appear in court from the prison where they are held. It held its first Sunday court pilot on 7 October.