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From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

The Digital Justice Program provides electronic case mana- gement of legal affairs submitted to Courts, as well as the implementation of new working methodologies that improve the efficiency of the legal processes.

The technological solution includes a set of components that, thanks to its interoperability with the Minerva Procedural Management System, allows the Judicial Bodies under the Ministry of Justice jurisdiction to electronically manage data and electronic judicial documents. Communications (claims, pleadings, notifications and administrative files) and the operations of signing, viewing and consulting documents are entirely electronic, eliminating the use of paper in the process and granting greater guarantees to all legal acts.

The designed model generates documentation directly in electronic format, allows to add new digital information, such as the recordings of trials and information sent by professionals, and incorporates a system to exploit the stored documentation with the necessary security guarantees, facilitating control and follow-up of issues.

Results • Electronic procedural communications have been extended and consolidated, significantly reducing entry and exit of paper documents in the Judicial Offices, which is a key element in the implementation of the Electronic Judicial File.

The Judicial Bodies present notifications electronically as well as the following groups of legal professionals: legal services of Public Administrations, Lawyers, Solicitors, Social Graduates, Attorney General, State Security Forces and Bodies, public and private Health Centres, penitentiary institutions, citizenship, legal entities, etc. Since 1 January 2016, more than 127 million electronic communication acts have been exchanged.

• Between 22 February 2016 and 25 September 2017 the electronic processing of legal proceedings has been implemented in 100% of the Provincial Courts and Superior Courts of Justice, as well as in 88% of the single Judicial Bodies under the Ministry of Justice jurisdiction (578 of 659). Regarding Central Organs, Digital Justice has been implemented in the Labour Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court. To complete its implementation, until June 2018 the solution will be deployed in 30 judicial parties, the rest of Chambers of the Spanish Supreme Court and the in the Spanish National Court.

Currently, more than 78% of pleadings are presented electronically, more than 10 million documents have been digitally signed and 6,1 million consultations and downloads of documents and proceedings have been electronically carried out. Also, work is being done on the provision of mobile workplaces so that Judges, Lawyers of the Justice Administration and Prosecutors can access the Electronic Judicial File with all its functionalities, including electronic signature, from any location and at any time with the necessary security guarantees.

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Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - european or national level
Award type:
Award year: 2017
Project type
Sector: Justice, police, human rights and security
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Keywords: Digital Justice, electronic judicial file, Electro- nic Justice Administration, interoperability, electronic communications, accessible Justice, electronic case management system
Short English description: The Digital Justice Program provides electronic case mana- gement of legal affairs submitted to Courts, as well as the implementation of new working methodologies that improve the efficiency of the legal processes.
Further information
Organisation: Spanish Ministry of Justice
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Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Spain
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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