It was announced last week that as part of the Chancellors Spending Review £700 million will be invested to fully digitise the courts. The Government’s aim is to generate savings to the taxpayer of approximately £200 million a year from 2019-2020.
Things are already happening. In February 2015 the Civil Justice Council (CJC) advisory group – chaired by Professor Richard Susskind, IT adviser to the Lord Chief Justice recommended “fundamental change” in the way the courts deal with low-value claims calling for the introduction of state-backed online dispute resolution (ODR) across England and Wales in 2017.
As part of the Justice System Efficiency Programme, in July, criminal defence lawyers were invited to road test a new crown court digital case system (DCS) with case file acces via WiFi and the use of digital court bundles.
To arrange a demonstration please call 01482 567601.