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Steady Rise In Number Of Defendants Appearing Via Videolink

Almost 4,000 appearances were made by conference call in Irish courts in 2019.

There was a 13% increase in the use of video links between Irish prisons and courtrooms in 2019. 

Offaly Circuit Court, Portlaoise District Court, the Midlands prison and Portlaoise prison all provided a platform for the accused to give evidence without attending their hearing. 

In total 3,798 video conferences were held throughout Ireland last year according to the courts service annual report.

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