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Improved bandwidth for British criminal courts

16 Jan 2019 / courts Print

Improved bandwidth for British criminal courts

British courts are significantly upgrading their wifi speeds in a move to a single full-building log-on.

The move will expand bandwidth so that legal practitioners can download large case files and video clips.

Britain’s HM Courts and Tribunals Service this morning announced the expanded rollout of the GovWifi network to all criminal courts by 2021.

Automatic access

The upgrade to a single log-on will enable automatic access for legal professionals who work across several courts.

User devices can be set to connect automatically in any network-enabled location once a GovWifi account is set up.

All British civil and family courts and tribunals already have enhanced full-building wifi coverage but the expansion will now cover all criminal courts.


“Good and reliable wifi is important in our courts and tribunals to ensure court visitors and legal professionals can work effectively in our buildings,” a spokesman said.

The three-year programme will deliver faster wifi to all criminal courts by 2021, in addition to the existing professional court user network already available.

British courts currently see over 46,000 active users a week on their wifi networks, 30,000 in criminal courts and 16,000 in civil and family courts and tribunals.

Users exchange 66TB of data, equivalent to over 29 million typewritten pages, over 106,000 CDs or over 14,000 DVDs each week.

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