back to article Brit magistrates' courts turn to video conferencing to keep wheels of justice turning

Britain's courts are moving to their own video-conferencing platform – for criminal trials rather than business meetings. The Kinly Cloud Video Platform (CVP) will be used to hear magistrate-level criminal cases, allowing defendants to dial in from the physical safety of their own homes instead of travelling to court buildings …

  1. macjules Silver badge
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    The elephant in the crown court

    must be how to conduct jury selection with 40 members of the public while a jury is assembled, get the defendants into a court (in some cases there could be as many as 20 defendants plus barristers plus solicitors) plus ensure the mentioned right of the press/public to attend every day.

    To do this and to ensure that everyone maintains a 2 metre safe distance is going to be a mammoth (excuse the pun) task. One aspect might be to guarantee a defendant a maximum 12 month sentence, thus ensuring that the case could be handled by a judge on his/her own. This could still involve legislation since the right to a jury trial is enshrined in UK law.

    Perhaps the use of specially created courts with very large courtroom areas, where all required members can sit in protected transparent booths.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: The elephant in the crown court

      The powers that be would love to remove jury trials and this would be the perfect excuse.

      1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

        Re: The elephant in the crown court

        My tinfoil might be slipping a bit, but... citations...? It's a bold claim, after all.

    2. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: The elephant in the crown court

      I'm sure the courts could come to some arrangement with Sainsburys or other large carpark owners, seeing as the number of customers at any one time is somewhat limited at the moment.

      Just need some building site security fencing and presto! Instant court.

      1. hoola Bronze badge

        Re: The elephant in the crown court

        Could we just use a football stadium?

        Plenty of space, big screens so that everyone can see what is happening at the far end and a PA system.

        Maybe that is a bit simplistic.......

    3. LucreLout Silver badge

      Re: The elephant in the crown court

      must be how to conduct jury selection with 40 members of the public while a jury is assembled

      Reform this and simply do it by random allocation.

      get the defendants into a court

      Video link.

      in some cases there could be as many as 20 defendants plus barristers plus solicitors

      Video link.

      ensure the mentioned right of the press/public to attend every day

      Video link, again.

      One aspect might be to guarantee a defendant a maximum 12 month sentence

      I suspect there's rather a lot of the public sick to death of overly lenient sentences being applied already.

      This could still involve legislation since the right to a jury trial is enshrined in UK law

      Juries could attend over stable video conferencing.

      Perhaps the use of specially created courts with very large courtroom areas, where all required members can sit in protected transparent booths

      Being in the same room listening to two scrotes argue in front of a duffer adds little that can't be delivered digitally.

      The legal system has resisted digitization for far too long already and its time to simply impose this upon them. It'll reduce costs and simplify proceedings, while making them more transparent to the public.

    4. Lunatic Looking For Asylum

      Re: The elephant in the crown court

      A field, a tree and some rope.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Trial by Television?

    Eh?

  3. GrahamRJ

    Misreading

    Somehow I read that as the "Kinky Cloud Video Platform". I was wondering about how the judges' sexual preferences were relevant, the presence of bars, cells, chains and handcuffs notwithstanding.

    1. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge
      Gimp

      Re: Misreading

      You're not the only one.

    2. IGotOut Silver badge

      Re: Misreading

      came to post the same thing.

      KinkyCloudVideo.com is free if anyone is wondering.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Misreading

        Ahh -always after recommendations from satisfied punters

      2. ThatOne Silver badge
        Happy

        Re: Misreading

        > came to post the same thing.

        Same here...

        One is chance, two is coincidence, three is enemy action (or some such).

  4. Martin Summers Silver badge

    I've got a better idea. Can people just bloody stop committing crimes for a bit pretty please? Cheers.

    1. BebopWeBop Silver badge

      Combined with persuading the police not to bring vexations (in the popular sense if not legal) at the same time might do wonders.

    2. Chris G Silver badge

      I suppose crime like burglary might be down at the moment.

      With empty streets, a bloke in a stripy jumper with a jemmy in one hand and a swag bag in the other will attract more attention than normal.

      1. ChrisElvidge

        Could be onions in the 'swag bag' and the jemmy is just to help him fix his bike.

      2. Roland6 Silver badge

        It could be something to do with people having to remain at home = shortage of empty homes to peruse...

        1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

          And, from another perspective, far fewer people to mug, pickpocket, steal phones from racing past on a moped etc etc.

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