Section 52: Use of live television links at bail hearings
174.This section will enable courts to direct, after hearing representations from both parties, that the detained person is to be treated as being present in the court if he is able, by live television link or otherwise, to see and hear the court and to be seen and heard by it. Subsection (2) provides that any representations about whether the hearing should be conducted by TV link will themselves be heard by TV link. If, after hearing representations by both parties, the court decides not to give a direction, it must give its reasons for refusing. The court may not give a direction under this section unless the Secretary of State has notified the court that appropriate facilities for the setting up of a link are available.