Expansion of availability of live links in criminal proceedings

Part of Prisons and Courts Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 5:30 pm ar 18 Ebrill 2017.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 5:30, 18 Ebrill 2017

Then I will. I propose to deal with clause 32 and schedule 4 together, as the clause simply gives effect to that schedule. Schedule 4 expands the court’s powers under section 51 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, to make better use of live audio and video links in trials, appeals and other specified hearings in criminal proceedings. At present, section 51 enables a witness, but not the defendant—