Courts: Video Conferencing:Written question - 127043

(Leeds East)
Asked on: 06 February 2018
Ministry of Justice
Courts: Video Conferencing
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of a child defendant appearing in court via live video link on the ability of youth offending teams to fulfil (a) duty to conduct post-hearing safeguarding checks with the child and (b) their other statutory duties.
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 14 February 2018

HM Courts & Tribunals Service is committed to ensuring that children and young people who go to court understand what is happening, take part in the process and receive the appropriate support, including agreed adjustments.

Criminal Practice Directions are in place and give guidance to the courts and users about how to effectively and appropriately make use of live links and telephone facilities. This includes guidance on how and when live links should be used for hearings and provides specific guidance for defendants aged under 18.

The court will deal with any application for use of a video link on a case‐by‐case basis, after consultation with the parties, including parents and carers and the Youth Offending Team.

The Ministry of Justice has not conducted an assessment of outcomes of hearings depending on whether video was used. Outcomes of hearings are a matter for the judiciary. HMCTS keeps parents and carers informed of hearing dates and times.

The Ministry of Justice has not conducted an assessment of Youth Offending Teams’ ability to fulfil their statutory duties depending on whether a video link was used, but any decision to use a video link would be taken following consultation with the Youth Offending Team.

Grouped Questions: 127042 | 127044

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