Request / Response
How many remote video link sites are there in your area that are suitable for child/ vulnerable witnesses to use and are not located in a court building?
How many times in the last year (April 2012 – March 2013) have these sites been used by child witnesses?
The Force sees the benefit of offering live link to child and vulnerable witnesses in a venue other than a court but we haven’t adopted the use of the police live link facilities due to concerns around whether witnesses could be appropriately accommodated and adequately supported whilst they wait to give evidence. The Force is keen to work with partner agencies that may be able to offer more suitable accommodation and provide witness support.
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