Commission asks for public views on how justice systems should go digital

Photo: EU Didier Reynders.

A public consultation on the modernisation of EU justice systems that will support Member States to adapt their judiciary performances to the digital age and improve EU cross-border judicial cooperation, was launched by the Commission on Tuesday.

Underlying that the Covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of digitalisation, including in the field of justice, Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice, stated that judges and lawyers need digital tools to be able to work together faster and more efficiently.

Citizens and businesses need online tools for an easier and more transparent access to justice at a lower cost and the Commission strives to push this process forward and support Member States in their efforts, including as regards facilitating their cooperation in cross-border judicial procedures by using digital channels, the Commissioner explained.

Last December, the EU executive adopted a communication outlining the actions and initiatives intended to advance the digitalisation of justice systems across the EU.

The public consultation that will be open until 8 May 2021, will gather views on the digitalisation of EU cross-border civil, commercial and criminal procedures.

The results of the public consultation, in which a broad range of groups and individuals can participate, will feed into an initiative on digitalisation of cross-border judicial cooperation expected at the end of this year. It is an item in the 2021 Commission's Work Programme as well.

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