Commission Communication ‘Towards a European e-Justice Strategy’ was published on 30 May 2008. Since then the three EU institutions have each drafted a position on e-Justice. The most recent is the Council Multi-annual European e-Justice Action Plan 2009 to 2013.
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The three priorities in this document are:
• access to information, for example information managed by Member States in the framework of the public administration of justice, such as criminal records;
• dematerialisation of cross-border proceedings so they are done electronically; and
• electronic communication between judicial authorities, for example by videoconferencing.
The Council’s Action Plan also aims to permit a uniform authentication procedure to open up various functionalities reserved for the legal profession for which they will have differentiated access rights. Work will also be undertaken on automated translation systems.
The e-justice journey
Vice Chair of the European Criminal Bar Association Louise Hodges reviews the European Commission's Communication Strategy and its potential impact on criminal defence practitioners
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