'Paperless' court room

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling will visit Birmingham Magistrates' Court today to look at the first 'paperless' courtroom in the country.

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Investment will upgrade 'outdated paper-based system'

Birmingham Magistrates Court will become the UK's first paperless courtroom today.

Justice minister Damian Green has said the use of paper in courts is "outdated" with the Crown Prosecution Service using roughly 160 million sheets of paper per year.

Mr Green said: "Stacked up this would be the same as fifteen Mount Snowdon's - literally mountains of paper.

Justice Minister Damian Green MP Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

"If we are to win in the global race this must change; it is time we move the court system into the 21st century.

"This investment will help us get rid of our outdated paper-based system, and turn our criminal justice system into a digital and modern public service.

"This will help provide swift and efficient justice, treating victims and witnesses with the care and consideration they deserve."

Courtrooms across England to be fully digital by 2016

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling will visit Birmingham Magistrates' Court today to take a look at the first 'paperless' courtroom in the country.

Courtrooms across the country will be fully digital by 2016, the £160 million changes will include:

  • Wifi in the majority of 500 court houses
  • Digital Evidence Screens so evidence can be presented digitally, including CCTV footage and other video and audio evidence to be presented
  • New Court Presentation and Collaboration Software
  • New funding for IT, to reduce the use of paper in the system by the police and court system

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