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Closed Circuit Television

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidelines there are on minimum pixel density of closed circuit television material used in courts. (168614)

There are no guidelines on the minimum pixel density of closed circuit television (CCTV) used in courts. CCTV is used to cover both internal and external areas of courts; the coverage provided varies according to the work of the court and its status. Coverage has evolved over time with a variety of systems and types of cameras being used.

Guidance to courts on the use of CCTV has been revised and the new version will be issued shortly and stresses the need for any system to deliver recognition (of persons and objects) and notes that developments in technology may bring changes in the types of equipment used.

Advice on the use of CCTV is part of the policy document, Safe and Secure, which sets out guidance and practice on security issues for HMCS; this is revised annually and, as a Restricted document, is not available to the general public.