Video Link Sites (8725_16)

Request

1.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?

2.How many times in the last year (April 2015 March 2016) and the year before (April 2014 March 2015) have these sites been used by child witnesses?

Response

Please note that we have taken your request to mean sites that provide video links for Child/Vulnerable witnesses for court trials. However, should you be referring to the videoing of ABE (Achieving Best Evidence) interviews for child / vulnerable witnesses, this would involve researching each ABE interview which would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).
1. 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?

Each Court in our area has remote video link equipment suitable for child/vulnerable witnesses that can be used remotely from within the building or from another court anywhere in the Country. The use of this equipment ensures that the child/vulnerable witness needs are met and the integrity of this evidence is not in question. West Midlands Police have 8 remote video link sites suitable which are not in a court building.

2. How many times in the last year (April 2015 – March 2016) and the year before (April 2014 – March 2015) have these sites been used by child witnesses?

Child witness needs are met by the Courts and therefore there has been no request to use the WMP sites.

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