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Virtual court technology launched in Dartford

PUBLISHED: 10:04 10 September 2012

Around £4,000 has been spent on virtual court technology at Dartford police station.

It is hoped that 300 hours of officer time will be saved using the live link that sees defendants who are pleading guilty give evidence from the station to the magistrates court, allowing them to be dealt with immediately.

Dartford has been included in the pilot scheme, launched on September 3, along with Maidstone and Tonbridge stations.

If the pilot proves successful it will be rolled out through all of the custody suites in Kent,

The Ministry of Justice has back the virtual court scheme but solicitors have boycotted the initiative saying it is unfair on defendants and lawyers.

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