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The Digital Future of Justice. If only…

November 4, 2015 by No Comments | Category Justice

Digital Scotland logoWe are in an increasingly digital world, where how we live and work is progressively influenced by digital technology. Our Justice systems are changing too and the development of technology is offering exciting opportunities to completely transform how we think; how we engage and how we deliver services to citizens and users.

The legal profession is leading the way on some of these changes. Last week the Programme Team of the Digital Strategy for Justice in Scotland kicked off a series of evening events to talk with lawyers and hear how technology is changing the way they work.

At the first session in Aberdeen, we heard how the recently introduced digital smartcard for lawyers is opening-up business opportunities for the legal profession. Video Conferencing is also increasingly being used by some lawyers who need to speak with clients overseas or who are being held in custody. But if we are to truly embrace the digital world and offer more opportunities to access justice using technology, a common theme was that we need to think about enabling our legislative framework to allow this to happen.

The opportunities that digital technology offers our Justice systems then are vast and compelling. If you could introduce one digital innovation, what would it be?Do you have a burning thought on where you think technology could make a real difference in Justice? If so, we want to hear from you.

We have arranged two further free sessions in Edinburgh in the evening of 12 November and Glasgow on the 19 November. Whether you work in the legal profession or elsewhere in Justice and think: ‘If only we could use technology to…’ then please sign-up using the links above and come along to share your thoughts with us.

The Digital Justice Strategy for Scotland can be found here.

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