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Researcher William Mosseri-Marlio wrote an article in the Guardian Public Leaders Network on digital justice. It comes after the launch of Reform‘s report on ‘The future of public services: digital justice’.
He argued that digitisation will have to be a crucial part of the Ministry of Justice’s strategy in making the justice system more efficient. The use of virtual courts, with a blueprint currently being developed in the south-east of England and spearheaded by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, could be an important part of this strategy. Virtual courts have the potential to speed up the justice process, increase convenience and reduce unnecessary costs. This would particularly benefit rural areas where there have been recent announcements that over 86 courts and tribunal buildings will be closed over the next 18 months.
“Digitising the criminal justice system reflects the direction in which citizens’ lives are increasingly going. The courts and other public services need to catch up.”
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