National Magistrates’ Court Working Group & The Cloud Video Platform

The CBA urgently needs your help. 

We would like to provide the National Magistrates’ Court Working Group, chaired by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot, with a realistic assessment of how digital hearings and digital trials are currently working in the Magistrates’ Court. Therefore, if you have participated in a digital hearing and/or trial over the past 2 months, please could you set out for us your experience by addressing the following questions (and anything further you think relevant):

  • Name and chambers (this will be anonymised if sent to the working group)
  • Pupil / tenant (year of call)
  • Magistrates’ Court
  • Date of hearing/ trial
  • What platforms were used during your hearing / trial e.g. CVP, Skype, ClickShare etc
  • Was a reason given by the Court for using a particular platform?
  • Were there any connection problems with the technology during the hearing/trial?
  • If there were connection issues how were they resolved?
  • Was there sufficient infrastructure in place within the court room to support the digital hearing e.g. screens available for each participant, sound of good volume etc..
  • Did you feel as though each participant (counsel, judge, defendant, witnesses, public etc) was able to effectively engage with the hearing?
  • Do you believe that the use of technology in your hearing/trial was a good thing or a bad thing? Please explain your reasons why.

Please send your examples to CBA Secretary Gerwyn Wise by 4pm on Friday 5th June 2020.

Furthermore, details of the roll-out of the Cloud Video Platform (CVP) in Crown Courts can be accessed here

A useful contact lists for Prisons and the CVP can be accessed here

A Table of Magistrates’ Courts and roll-out is as follows, however these may be subject to change:

Magistrates’ courts where CVP is now available Magistrates’ courts scheduled to get CVP in June 2020
Basingstoke Mags
Bodmin Magistrates
Bromley MC
Cambridge
Cardiff
Chelmsford MC
Cheltenham Mag.
Croydon MC
Derby Magistrates
Exeter Combined
Barkingside
Highbury
Huntingdon
IOW Magistrates
Kidderminster
Leeds MC
Leicester
Lincoln
Luton MC
Manchester Mags
Mold
North Staffordshire Justice Centre
Northampton
Nottingham Magistrates
Oxford MC
Peterborough MC
Poole Magistrates
Ports.Combined
Reading MC
Southampton Mags
Swansea
Taunton Magistrates
Thames
Uxbridge MC
Westminster
Willesden MC
Wimbledon MC
Newport
Milton Keynes
Bristol Magistrates
Warrington
Teesside Mags
Carlisle Mags
Wigan
Teesside Mags
Stockport Mags
Manchester Mags
Hull Mags
Grimsby Mags
Blackpool
Preston
Liverpool
North Tyneside Mags
South Tyneside Mags
Sheffield
Doncaster Mags
Coventry MC
Birmingham MC
Wolverhampton MC
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