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Video link-ups in Qld courts to cut costs, reduce delays

May 8, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Rae Wilson / Gatton Star

REGIONAL courtrooms around Queensland will have more expert witnesses testifying via telephone or video conferencing after changes to criminal legislation.

Flying and accommodating witnesses for court cases across the state costs taxpayers an average $1.45 million each year but the move is expected to shave the costs for expert witnesses from that total.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said he would introduce a mandate in Queensland Parliament on Thursday to allow expert witnesses to give video evidence from anywhere in the world.

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