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Video Link

Video-conferencing systems are installed in many courthouses throughout WA to improve services to remote court users. The technology provides interactive and real-time video and audio between remote sites.

Courtrooms are just one of many locations where video-link technology is used. To connect to a range of providers, systems are also used throughout WA's prisons, community-based services offices, juvenile detention and remand centres.

The video-link system is currently used for:

  • court hearings
  • receiving evidence from witnesses intrastate, interstate or overseas
  • case management of regional criminal and civil lists by judges and registrars in Perth
  • regional lawyers participating in Perth-based proceedings
  • providing Perth-based interpreting services to people appearing in regional proceedings
  • prisoners appearing before the court for bench warrants
  • remand appearances
  • bail applications.

Remote witness facilities

A component of video-link technology includes remote witness facilities.

These facilities are separate rooms within courthouses, fully equipped with audiovisual equipment for remote witness testimony.

The systems incorporate plasma and LCD screens, as well as CCTV systems so vulnerable victims and witnesses can interact with the participants in the courtroom, whist being in a location outside the courtroom.

The technology is so advanced that it links with the court's computer system, VCR and DVD replay devices and a document camera so that evidence being viewed in the court can also be viewed in the remote witness room.

All of the technology is controlled by a judicial support officer in court via a touch screen control panel.

Courts technology provides better service

Better service for victims of crime - A significant number of child witness and vulnerable adult witnesses can give evidence to the court from a remote witness room, via video-link. This removes the need for victims of crime and witnesses to face their perpetrators in court.

Better service to expert witnesses - International witnesses no longer need to travel to WA to give evidence and West Australians don't need to travel to give evidence overseas.

Better service for prisoners - The process of organising a prisoner to appear before a court is technical and involves a certain level of risk. Video-links reduce the security risks associated with prisoner transfers to court and reduce costs associated with prisoner transportation in regional locations.


Last updated: 25-Aug-2017

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