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Justice: Association of Judges complains about slow motion in digitalization

Justice: Association of Judges complains about slow motion in digitalization

There is no doubt that there is a need to catch up when it comes to digitalization of the judiciary. Processes via video and e-files? From the perspective of the German Association of Judges, digitalization is still progressing far too slowly.

The German Association of Judges (DRB) has called on the federal and state governments to make faster progress with digitization in the judicial authorities. So far, the digital transition in the judiciary has sometimes taken place in slow motion, said association managing director Sven Rebehn to the dpa. The federal and state governments would have to increase the pace significantly, otherwise the switch to e-files and digital communication between the judiciary and citizens and companies will hardly be successful by 2026.

Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) wants to accelerate digitalization in the judiciary, but some of his projects are controversial.

This Friday, a digital ministerial conference will take place for the first time in Potsdam. Brandenburg and Berlin hold the chairmanship.

Richterbund managing director Rebehn criticized outdated and error-prone software solutions, overloaded data networks and a lack of IT support in the judiciary. “Effective technology for video negotiations is also not available across the board.” Artificial intelligence, which could help through the flood of files more quickly in mass proceedings, is still a thing of the future for regular operations in the judiciary.

The German Association of Judges called on the federal government to raise more money for digitalization and named one billion euros for a federal-state digital pact. Federal Justice Minister Buschmann promised the federal states up to 200 million euros in the coming years for projects to digitize their judicial authorities. “The mammoth task of digitizing the judiciary can hardly be pushed forward with double steps and a narrow budget,” says Rebehn.

Source: Stern

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