The Ministry for Justice, Equality And Governance together with the Parliamentary Secretariat for European Funds, launched a public consultation which will be overseen by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), in order to conduct a digital strategy and an action plan.
The main objective for this strategy is to strengthen the use of technology in the justice system, for it to be more efficient and accessible to all.
During this consultation, which will be conducted over a year, CEPEJ will be consulting over twenty entities related to the judicial sector of our country. Following the closure of the consultation process, the digital strategy and action plan will be drawn up. This document will be passed to the Ministry for Justice for implementation.
Minister for Justice, Equality and Governance Edward Zammit Lewis highlighted the importance of an efficient justice system. He emphasised that if justice is delayed, justice is denied. The minister added that he is committed to carrying out these reforms, so that our country will conform to European and international standards when it comes to a digital strategy in our judicial system.
Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi explained that this consultation will be funded by centralised European funds through the Social Reform Support Programme. Parliamentary Secretary Zrinzo Azzopardi held that this is not the first project financed by European funds which will be promoting further digitalisation in the judicial sector whereby earlier this year there was the launch of the website legislation.mt.
The conference was also addressed by the Director for the General Directorate for Structural Reform and Support, Kasper Richter and the CEPEJ Executive Secretary, Muriel Decot. They said that this initiative will effectively lead to more accessible justice and explained that the Commission will be working on similar systems in other countries, to establish best practices for our judicial systems across the European Union.