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Scots Crown Office to remind witnesses to attend court through text messages

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By The Drum Team, Editorial

January 30, 2012 | 1 min read

The Scottish Crown office will today (Monday 30 January) begin a pilot scheme that will text witnesses on their mobile phones in order to remind them to attend court.

The scheme has been introduced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for a period of four months as a result of the large amount of non-attendance by witnesses, resulting in the adjournment of trials.

Mobile texts will be used to remind Crown witnesses of the date in which they are due to attend court.

Adrian Cottam, assistant procurator fiscal for Edinburgh, explained: "A great many people now use their mobile phone as a primary means of communication, and this pilot will assess whether issuing direct reminders in this way will mark an improvement to the rate of witness attendance.

"It is always vital that the justice system keeps pace with technological developments, and this innovative pilot is one that we hope will have a real impact on the efficiency of the courts," added Cottam.

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