51 Live links in criminal proceedings
51 Live links in criminal proceedings

[(1)     A person may, if the court so directs, take part in eligible criminal proceedings through—

(a)     a live audio link, or

(b)     a live video link.

(1A)     A direction under this section may be given for a judge or justice to take part in eligible criminal proceedings through a live audio link or a live video link.

(1B)     But no direction under this section may be given for any member of a jury to take part in eligible criminal proceedings through a live audio link or a live video link.]

[(2)     In this Part “eligible criminal proceedings” means—]

(a)     a summary trial,

[(b)     a criminal appeal to the Crown Court and any proceedings that are preliminary or incidental to such an appeal,]

(c)     a trial on indictment [or any other trial in the Crown Court for an offence],

[(ca)     proceedings under section 4A or 5 of the Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Act 1964,

(cb)     proceedings under Part 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983,

(cc)     proceedings under—

(i)     section 11 of the Powers of the Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000, or

(ii)     section 81(1)(g) of the Senior Courts Act 1981 or section 16 of this Act in respect of a person who has been remanded by a magistrates' court on adjourning a case under that section of the 2000 Act,]

(d)     an appeal to the criminal division of the Court of Appeal [and any proceedings that are preliminary or incidental to such an appeal],

[(da)     a reference to the Court of Appeal by the Attorney General under Part 4 of

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