Ministry of Justice COVID19 Stakeholder Update
This is the Ministry of Justice’s regular stakeholder communications update service. This is intended to signpost the latest COVID-19 guidance and central government updates. The following is an update directly from the Ministry of Justice.
Family video calls will be introduced at prisons and young offender institutions across England and Wales. Following a successful trial at HMP Berwyn, HMPPS is installing the technology at 10 prisons and young offender institutions (YOIs) across England and Wales, with a wider rollout in the coming weeks, to maintain vital family contact for prisoners and young offenders during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full announcement here.
HMCTS has published guidance pages to support users on downloading Skype for Business and Cloud Video Platform to join court hearings. The guidance shows how to download the platforms in your browser and on Android and iOS: ‘Secure video calls to help prisoners maintain family ties’ and ‘How to join a Cloud Video Platform (CVP) hearing’