Courts Set to Swap Paper For Tablets in England and Wales

By Sam Gibbs on at

Our courts of law are looking to join the Post-PC revolution and save money, trialling the use of tablets instead of paper in court. The HP-supplied tablets will save in the region of £50m if rolled out. Let's just hope they're a little more powerful than the TouchPad -- you wouldn't want to get banged up just because the Defence's tablet locked-up.

The whole of the Crown Prosecution Service across England and Wales will look to roll out the tablets from April next year, but first they have to be put through their paces. Norwich Crown Court is to hold a mock trial to test out 35 of the whizz-bang tablets. They'll also be used in less serious cases brought into Magistrates' Courts. The eventual plan is to get judges, jurors, and barristers using them, removing all need for paper evidence in the courts.

It's hoped that not just the courts will be freed from mountains of paper -- the Rozzers should be able to submit evidence electronically too, in theory, saving them from paperwork.

The moves come as the CPS faces funding cuts of 25 per cent over three years. Let's just hope that moving to electronic, and knowing HP probably Windows based, tablets for evidence storage and presentation doesn't leave it open to hacking attacks. It'd be a disaster to see someone sent down wrongly, just because some hacker had it in for them. Although I could see it being useful for wrongly prosecuting some of the more irritating people in the public eye -- here's looking at you Bob Crow. [The Guardian]

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