Procedures for ensuring jurors are supplied with hearing loop equipment whenever they return to court

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Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

I would like to make a FOIA request for all the documents relating to the procedures at the Central Criminal Court, Manchester Crown Court and Bristol Crown Court for ensuring that jurors are provided with the equipment they need to access the hearing loop. This include the procedures for ensuring the equipment is available every time the jury return to the court.

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Young

NW Regional Support Correspondence, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Dear Ms Young,

 

Please find attached an acknowledgment to your Freedom of Information Act
request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Knowledge Information Liaison Officer

North West Regional Support Unit | Manchester Civil Justice Centre | 1
Bridge St West | Manchester M60 1TE

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NW Regional Support Correspondence, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Dear Ms Young,

 

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information Act
request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Knowledge Information Liaison Officer

North West Regional Support Unit | Manchester Civil Justice Centre | 1
Bridge St West | Manchester M60 1TE

Web: [1]www.gov.uk/hmcts

 

 

For information on how HMCTS uses personal data about you please see:

[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

 

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Dear NW Regional Support Correspondence,

Thank you for your prompt response to my FOIA request. From your response it appears I have not been clear enough in my request about the information I am seeking. I asked for the documentation at about the procedures and processes at 3 specific courts because I was aware that there is some local variation between courts.

Your response refers to local procedures to ensure that equipment is still supplied when court staff change and says how this is done depends on local practice but does not include the local documents. As well as the documentation you have sent me please could you send me the documents that catalogue the local procedures at each of the courts I listed.

Does it help if I rephrase my request and ask for:-
1. All the documents relating to the procedures at the Central Criminal Court for ensuring that jurors are provided with the equipment they need to access the hearing loop each time the jury return to the court during the deliberation stage of a trial especially when there is a change of the court staff responsible for provision of the equipment.
2. All the documents relating to the procedures at the Manchester Crown Court for ensuring that jurors are provided with the equipment they need to access the hearing loop each time the jury return to the court during the deliberation stage of a trial especially when there is a change of the court staff responsible for provision of the equipment.
3. All the documents relating to the procedures at the Bristol Crown Court for ensuring that jurors are provided with the equipment they need to access the hearing loop each time the jury return to the court during the deliberation stage of a trial especially when there is a change of the court staff responsible for provision of the equipment.

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Caroline Young

NW Regional Support Correspondence, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

Thank you for your email, we will respond as soon as possible.

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NW Regional Support Correspondence, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

Dear Ms Young,

 

Central Criminal Court: no document is used to ensure that jurors are
provided with the equipment they need to access the hearing loop each time
the jury return to the court during the deliberation stage of a trial. As
mentioned in the response dated 10th October 2018, the loop system remains
in court until the case has finished. The court clerk or usher would then
take responsibility for making sure the loop system is available and
working daily. If there is a change of court staff then a verbal handover
or note is provided to the new member of staff.

 

Manchester Crown Court (Crown Square): no document is used to ensure that
jurors are provided with the equipment they need to access the hearing
loop each time the jury return to the court during the deliberation stage
of a trial. As mentioned in the response dated 10th October 2018, the loop
system remains in court until the case has finished. The court clerk or
usher would then take responsibility for making sure the loop system is
available and working daily. If there is a change of court staff then a
verbal handover or note is provided to the new member of staff.

 

Manchester Crown Court (Minshull Street): no document is used to ensure
that jurors are provided with the equipment they need to access the
hearing loop each time the jury return to the court during the
deliberation stage of a trial. As mentioned in the response dated 10th
October 2018, the loop system remains in court until the case has
finished. The court clerk or usher would then take responsibility for
making sure the loop system is available and working daily. If there is a
change of court staff then a verbal handover or note is provided to the
new member of staff.

 

Bristol Crown Court: no document is used to ensure that jurors are
provided with the equipment they need to access the hearing loop each time
the jury return to the court during the deliberation stage of a trial. As
mentioned in the response dated 10th October 2018, the loop system remains
in court until the case has finished. The court clerk or usher would then
take responsibility for making sure the loop system is available and
working daily. If there is a change of court staff then a verbal handover
or an email is provided to the new member of staff.

 

If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to request
an internal review by responding in writing to one of the addresses below
within two months of the response.

 

[HMCTS request email]

 

Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice, 10.38, 102 Petty France, London,
SW1H 9AJ

 

Kind regards,

 

Knowledge Information Liaison Officer

North West Regional Support Unit | Manchester Civil Justice Centre | 1
Bridge St West | Manchester M60 1TE

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Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service's handling of my FOI request 'Procedures for ensuring jurors are supplied with hearing loop equipment whenever they return to court'.

In the light of new information I would like to request a review of the response to my request.
I made a request for similar information to Birmingham Crown Court in February. This resulted in the MOJ assuring the ICO there was no more information about the procedures for ensuring the hearing loop equipment was made available to jurors in a similar manner to the response to this request. By chance Birmingham Crown Court have now send me a copy of the check list they use to ensure the hearing loop is provided to jurors who require it. This is the document I was seeking in my initial request to Birmingham Crown Court and it is the local version of it that that I expected to receive from Manchester, Bristol and London in response to this request.

Please could I ask you to check with Birmingham to see how they managed to identify that their jury check list was a relevant document and then ask Manchester, Bristol and London to see if they have one too.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Young

SW Region Support, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Sweeney, Adrian, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Dear Ms Young,

 

Please see the attached response following our internal review of your
original request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

 

 

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& County Court | Southernhay Gardens | Exeter | EX1 1UH | DX 98440, Exeter
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