European Commission publishes EU Justice Scoreboard 2022 – Digital Expert Evidence still needs more consideration
The EU Commission published the Scoreboard 2022 in May. At its 10th anniversary and for the second time, the Scoreboard gives information of how advanced judicial authorities manage the digital transformation. The figures show that experts can be heard by distance communication technology in nearly all types of cases and EU Member States. Different from notaries and lawyers still no data has been provided on the availability of secure electronic communication between courts and experts for giving evidence.
While the 2021 edition already took stock of how advanced judicial authorities are in the digital transformation, the 2022 Scoreboard also considers the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Commission several Member States adopted new measures to ensure the regular functioning of courts, while also guaranteeing the continued and easy access to justice for all.
In his Foreword Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice, states that the detailed indicators on digitalisation would be an essential monitoring tool showing Member States where there would be room for improvement. The 10-year anniversary of the Scoreboard would show us that the EU and its Member States remain committed to improving their justice systems and upholding the rule of law even during times of hardship.
Earlier editions of the EU Justice Scoreboard provided comparative data on certain aspects of the ICT in justice systems. As announced in the Commission’s Communication on the digitalisation of justice in the EU of 2nd December 2020, the Scoreboard was substantially augmented with further data on digitalisation in the Member States in 2021. The scoreboard 2022 can be read here
Source: EU Commission