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Court video links feared to reduce prisoners to 'just a face on the screen', Sydney University study finds

September 19, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Gavin Coote / ABC News

New South Wales prisoners are concerned appearing in court remotely via a video link reduces them to "just a face on a screen" and hampers their interaction with their legal representatives, a new study has found.

The University of Sydney found the use of video links in NSW courts rose by more than 400 per cent between 2002 and 2014.

More than 60 per cent of court appearances in the state now happen via video link, the study showed.

The study's author Carolyn McKay said courts needed to be wary the use of video links did not compromise existing procedural principles.

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