CPS Departments in UK and Wales Go Electronic

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has asked all CPS departments in England and Wales region to start using tablet devices by this coming April.

The CPS will also conduct a mock trial for testing this new system in middle of this month. The mock trial, according to the CPS, will witness prosecutors using 35 HP tablets (possibly Windows-based ones) according to a report by the TabTimes.

During the initial stage, only less serious trials conducted by magistrate courts are expected to embrace this new system. Under this new system, police will be able to digitally send all the necessary files to the prosecutors. However, the initial phase of the roll out will involve hard paper copies of evidences as well as of all other necessary documents.

"At the moment we use vans, lorries and people to move these mountains of [legal] paper around the country on a daily basis," said Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions in an exclusive statement to The Guardian.

"It's time the electronic case file became a common basis," he added.