DEVON and Cornwall are one of thirteen areas that will roll out video technology in their court service during 2013, justice and policing minister Damian Green has said today.

He said community will benefit from quick and effective justice as a result of the technology - saving police and court time.

Over the past year, an estimated 75,000 video appearances took place during criminal cases around the country, resulting in savings in transport costs and a reduction in prisoner movements. As a result of 'live links' an estimated 300 valuable police hours were saved.

Video links were used to deal with a range of offences from burglary, theft and assault, to first hearings for more serious offences such as murder.

Justice minister Damian Green said: "We want the justice system to respond more effectively to the needs of victims, witnesses and professionals.

"Video technology is vital in this and I am extremely pleased that Devon and Cornwall will be rolling out this technology during 2013.

"This is one part of our drive to create a swifter and more efficient justice system for all."

In addition, police forces are also expanding the use of the technology to support witnesses, including vulnerable and intimidated witnesses who may have concerns about attending the same court as the defendant.