Online listings service for crown courts is launched

HAMILTON Rogers has added to its Royal Courts of Justice listings service by launching a new service, called Courtline, for all Crown courts.

The company has worked with the Court Service to use a Government-approved encryption system, because Government policy prohibits the use of the Internet to transmit confidential documents unless encrypted or encoded.

Under the scheme, launched last week, lists will be transmitted across BT's Internet service, having been encrypted before they leave the server and then de-encrypted on arrival on the subscriber's system.

Subscribers will have to pay an upfront charge of £1,000 and a monthly fee of £110 plus telephone charges.

The court listings market is currently dominated by Court News Service, which uses a system similar to teletext, and transmits confidential and restricted information. Sweet & Maxwell also offers a limited daily web site service.