Beijing police authority is making a pilot project of establishing a distance video meeting system for defense lawyers to meet suspects, Beijing Morning Post reported on December 12, 2018.
In this pilot, a lawyer can make a distance video meeting appointment by telephone.
After making a success appointment, a lawyer can come to a police substation at his or her appointment time on a weekday.
The lawyer would show his or her certificate for policeman to check, accept security check and sign a meeting notification.
Then he or she could enter the video meeting room to have a distance video meeting with the criminal suspect in custody at detention area of the detention houses.
During the meeting, neither the detention house nor the police substation would send a worker to the distance meeting room and all the recording and audio monitoring devices will be turned off.
Thus, the lawyers can meet remotely with the suspects at his or her nearest police substation, which could get over geographic restrictions, save lawyers’ time effectively and improve their work efficiency, and practically guarantee the legitimate rights and interests of suspects in custody.
After completing the first time distance meeting, Han Jiayi, a lawyer, said excitedly, “The meeting experience is pretty good. Sci-tech progress would influence and change life. Judicial practice will also conform to the progress of the time and embrace new changes … the distance meeting way could make a guarantee for a series of judicial reform goals like lawyers for the defense in all criminal cases and the lenient system of pleading guilty and confessing punishment.”
Wu Wei, from Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, said, the Bureau will further strengthen and perfect the relevant supporting mechanism, gradually add the appointment reservation way by APP on mobile phone and plan to roll out step by step to the city’s sub-bureaus with the distance video meeting systems from January 1, 2019.