The rollout of wi-fi across England and Wales’ magistrates’ and Crown Courts is being fast-tracked, with all 302 sites having wi-fi capability by October 2015.
Professional Court User (PCU) wi-fi is being delivered through the Criminal Justice System Efficiency Programme and had an original target day of March 2016, but this is to be brought forward six months as the government targets full wi-fi coverage for all criminal courts by July 2016.
The Crown Prosecution Service already uses digital platforms to send information to magistrates’ courts; using CJSM secure email, practitioners are able to access the PCU wi-fi and their own IT systems to improve collaboration in the justice system.
The Ministry of Justice said in a statement: “In the courtroom, digital working reduces the need for documentation to be provided in hard copy formats for hearings and trials. This saves money and encourages more efficient working.”
Rolling out the PCU wi-fi system ahead of schedule is expected to give more people the opportunity to submit legal aid applications whilst in the court building as well as improving efficiencies and communication channels in the UK justice system.