The Scottish Judiciary and Technology

The Scottish judiciary is making steps to move into the digital world in a bid to ensure that it looks beyond the conventional methods. The move is also in line with Scotland’s efforts towards the delivery of public service via digital formats. The move is expected to change how the judiciary works, engages and delivers its services to users and citizens. Technology in Scotland’s justice corridors will broaden access to justice while improving and safeguarding citizens’ rights. The move towards technology started back in 1996 with the integrations of the Scottish Criminal Justice Information Systems (ISJIS), which was the core canvas for the moving from one justice system to another. In 2011, electronic submission of legal aid applications was introduced. This has made it possible for criminal legal aid applications to be submitted and approved online, increasing efficiency, according to the judiciary. At the base of the justice system are three objectives: • Allowing businesses and people to gain access to the right information when needed. • Fully digitising Scotland’s justice systems. • Using data analytics and analysis to predict future patterns that will drive transformation in the judiciary. In view of how critical the system is, the judiciary is Bringing the justice system up to date with a ‘Hackathon’ including lawyers and IT experts. One of the aims of the hackathon is to ensure that the system is secure and can operate at optimal levels even in the harshest of environments. The Scottish judiciary is certainly their move to technology seriously.

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