The use of video technology in the courtroom has grown substantially in recent months, as the government seeks to modernise the justice system once and for all.
By embracing technological advancements, court proceedings look set to take on a level of convenience and efficiency rarely seen within the legal system. Of course, this is an idea we’re very much on board with here at LawOn, as we’re making it easier than ever to obtain free legal advice through our innovative app.
But the use of video in court is nothing new. Since the Access to Justice Act of 1999, video conferencing has been implemented throughout a range of civil hearings, allowing witnesses to give their testimony from a remote location rather than having to physically appear in the courtroom.
This technology has also been used within child care cases, offering high levels of flexibility to ensure expert witnesses are able to provide their evidence and that court proceedings are less likely to become hampered by witness shortages.
However, while video technology might not be a brand-new addition to the courtroom, it’s the evolution of this technology that has really accelerated over the past few months.
At the start of the year, it was reported that the first “fully digital’ divorce application had been submitted in the UK, while video is also being used in criminal cases to allow witnesses to give evidence without having to come face-to-face with the accused.
In short, all of this is building towards video-exclusive courtrooms, where court proceedings can be conducted solely via video. Of course, this could only be implemented in certain cases, but the first video courts are already on their way.
As part of a pilot scheme, people will be able to participate in tax hearings without having to set foot inside a courtroom. They’ll be able to communicate with a judge from a remote location, while the judge will be situated in the courtroom for the duration of the pilot. This new initiative will only appeal to tax appeal cases for now, but it’s great to see that steps are being taken to finally modernise court proceedings.
The use of video courts ensures that court proceedings are more efficient and convenient for all parties involved, while also saving people time and money as they obviously won’t have to make their way to a courtroom.
Technological advancements undoubtedly have the potential to transform legal practises, which is exactly why we’ve developed a free legal advice app that lets you speak to a solicitor when it best suits you!