Live links in criminal proceedings

Part of Prisons and Courts Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:00 pm ar 18 Ebrill 2017.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 6:00, 18 Ebrill 2017

We say that the safeguards are there. Schedule 5 provides that sentencing hearings may not take place with participation through a live audio link, except to enable persons other than the defendant to give evidence where there are no suitable video facilities available. We believe that has the same effect as that intended by the amendment.

In relation to live audio links more generally, they can be used at a hearing where conditions of bail are in dispute but not the principle of bail. The protections in schedule 5 deal with the points that have been raised and I ask the hon. Gentleman to withdraw the amendment.