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The Parole Board has now implemented its policy to digitally record every oral hearing. This means that the Parole Board is fully compliant with its legal obligations, as laid out by the High Court’s judgment in McIntyre, handed down in July 2013.
The equipment and process has been under pilot testing for over 18 months and we have been reviewing and refining the process and equipment as well as seeking views and feedback from stakeholders. As such, the policy and procedure has been informed and improved to the point where we will be able to confidently digitally record all oral hearings.
We have published guidance for stakeholders on requesting a transcript of the proceedings which sets out the criteria we use and the process that needs to be followed. There is also a simple flowchart with the key steps involved.
Flow chart for requesting a transcipt
It will take us a few weeks for all panel Chairs to adjust to this new way of working. Therefore, we have informed stakeholders about the changes but have said that there may be occasions where their hearings are not digitally recorded over the next few weeks.
It is expected that the roll-out will be complete ahead of 31 March 2019.