Could criminals soon be appearing in a West Kent court at evenings and weekends?
By kentsussex | Friday, October 12, 2012, 09:53
Flexible hours are being introduced at Medway Magistrates' Court - where criminals will soon find themselves facing justice at night-time and on weekends.
Criminal justice minister and Ashford MP Damian Green announced this week that the flexible courts initiative will be piloted at the court in Chatham from November 11.
It has been using the video-link system for several years, so suspects can appear in court from the prison or police station where they are being held.
Mr Green said: "We want the justice system to respond further and more effectively to the needs of victims, witnesses and the local community.
"I am extremely pleased that thousands more people up and down the country will benefit from flexible courts in their communities.
"This is one part of our drive to create a swifter, surer and more flexible justice system for all."
Could this soon be coming to Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court?