Our friends at Sparq and ODEON Cinemas approached us to support this unique initiative, helping to return High Court trials in Scotland to pre-Covid business levels with a socially distanced solution. Creating a UK first by running court sessions with a remote jury, the project is set up to allow up to 16 courts to run concurrently. ODEON Cinemas have adapted their spacious auditoriums to accommodate the trials and help tackle the backlog of cases, supported by £5.5m of Scottish Government funding.
The cinema auditoriums were perfect for jurors to be socially distanced, following all strict government guidelines. The big screen helped the process to be as immersive as possible, connecting the jurors to the main courts where the legal teams for both the prosecution and defence, witnesses and accused, are streamed live to the cinemas. The jury members are also streamed back to a video wall located in the main courts for the benefit of the lawyers and judiciary teams.