On 6 December, the Council adopted the strategy and action plan on the development of e-Justice for the period 2019-2023. E-Justice is a policy through which access to justice is simplified and improved while cross-border legal procedures are digitalised. It covers a range of different areas of law, and is aimed at citizens, companies, legal practitioners and judicial authorities.
As the world becomes increasingly more digital, procedures carried out in a digitised manner and electronic communication between those involved in judicial proceedings have become an essential component in the efficient functioning in cross-border judicial proceedings. For fast, efficient, judicial processes, an effective e-Justice system which is continuously reviewed is essential.
So far, two European e-Justice Action Plans and an e-Justice Strategy 2014-2018, have driven action in the field of e-Justice. These set out the priorities for the upcoming years, and how they will be implemented.
During the period 2019-2023, the work on e-justice will be focused on 3 key objectives:
- Improve access to information in the area of justice
- Continue the digitalisation of judicial and extrajudicial proceedings to offer easier and faster access to the courts
- Ensure the technical implementation and management of the national e-justice systems to facilitate interconnection and interoperability between member states’ systems
In June 2018, we wrote on the development e-Justice in the EU. Our previous articles can be found here.