Prison video links
All prisons with video link facilities have at least one courtroom and two briefing rooms where the defendant can hold a conference with their solicitor before and, if required, after their court hearing.
If court hearings are not taking place it may be possible for solicitors, barristers and Probation Officers to hold interviews with a defendant via video link to save having to visit the prison.
The facility is also available to assist the Parole Board in dealing with the rise in the number of oral hearings resulting from a House of Lords Judgment.
It should be noted however that court hearings must take priority. At other times, operational reasons may mean bookings are refused or cancelled at short notice.
Arrangements for booking a court video link facility
Once a court has given approval for their video facilities to be used, contact the relevant prison to make a booking.
Using other video link equipment
If you are using your own video conferencing equipment, you will need to first make arrangements with the relevant prison. Martin Dawes PLC will arrange the conference call. Capacity is limited and bookings are accepted on a first come first served basis.
Martin Dawes PLC can be contacted on 01305 752104.
Although Martin Dawes PLC is contracted for the service provision and maintenance of the prison video links, the administration and management of the system is the responsibility of Prisoner Escort & Custody Services (PECS), a unit within the Ministry of Justice. For general enquiries and advice about prison video links, please contact the Video Link Desk on 01733 443172. Lines are open between 9.00 am and 5pm Monday-Friday.