Date lodged: 31 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how much it has invested in video link technology in (a) prisons and (b) courts in each of the last five years.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 9 November 2018
Investment and operational usage of video link technology is a matter for the independent Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) and the Scottish Prison Service.
The Scottish Government recognises the benefits of using digital technology, such as video link technology, wherever possible to broaden access to justice, improve quality of service and safeguard the rights of citizens and users.
During financial year 2018/19 the Scottish Government provided funding of £480,000 to SCTS to refresh an additional 10 courts, accelerating the delivery of modern court estate which meets user needs. This builds on the SCTS technology refresh programme which has already refreshed 108 of 205 courtrooms to the latest equipment, focusing investment on most frequently used courtrooms and those being used to enable core improvements, such as video links to Prisons.