Justice and Safety
Can we use technology to make our justice system better for the people of Scotland?
A vision exists, and a strong will from the many organisations involved, including the police, crown, courts and tribunal service, legal aid board and prison service.
The only way to tackle work of this scope is to break it down into manageable projects, but even these are daunting in their scale and will take time and investment to develop, implement and embed.
Work is underway to specify the opportunities that digital technology could bring to create better services and longer term financial savings in the criminal justice system.
This could be through the capture and use of evidence digitally, such as witness statements, victims’ accounts or a recording from a camera worn by a police officer.
This evidence could be shared securely and speedily to ensure the right people have the right information, where it upholds the law and is economically efficient to do so.
We are now contacting operations and frontline colleagues from these organisations and other justice partners to better understand the types of evidence that exist currently, how this information is managed and what plans for introducing new technology may already be in place.
We are interested in opinions and ideas from those who work daily in the criminal justice system and those who use it.
If you work in an organisation that is part of, or linked to criminal justice, including those in the third sector, we would like to hear from you. Please email email@example.com and we’ll be in touch.
We also have teams looking at how civil justice works in Scotland, but that is a post for another day.