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E-Justice Council

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Digitalisation of all areas of life is the central issue of our time. An increase in digital data availability, improvement in data quality and enhancement of data space hold a tremendous potential for the well-being of our society. In this development, digitalisation should be conducted with due sense of proportion, always keeping an eye on data security and data protection for the benefit of personal rights and economic interests.

The justice systems will increasingly become part of the digital world. Since 1 January 2018 the electronic filing procedure has been made available so that legal actions, applications and written submissions can now also be filed with law courts, public prosecution authorities and court appointed receivers. Starting from 1 January 2022, lawyers, authorities and legal entities under public law all over Germany shall be required to actively participate in the electronic filing procedure. Even today lawyers, due to professional legal requirements, provide a post box to receive electronic notifications. In addition, all federal and state judicial administrations currently work on the provision of preconditions for the introduction of mandatory use of the electronic case file by 1 January 2026.

By developing nationwide uniform procedures for the register system (AuRegis), the Land Registry (dabag) and all other areas regarding law courts and public prosecution authorities (gefa), the justice system will be able to also meet future challenges by utilising modern state-of-the-art software architecture and data structures in a well-prepared manner. Interoperability and convergence of procedures and infrastructures used nationwide is facilitated by the control and management structure of the e-justice council established in the meantime. In doing so, we now must take the operation of software into account, for instance, by envisaging the option of using internal justice system cloud-based solutions.

The e-justice council enables the federal and state judicial authorities in all their endeavors not only to follow the requirements of the federal law and technological progress, but also to actively form the process taking into consideration the specific nature of the judicial branch of government.

In a digital world, it is becoming increasingly important for the judiciary, based on well-founded information base, to make sovereign decisions on any use of software products and technologies. This includes providing transparency with regard to any dependencies that go along with certain technologies, and also increased usage of state-of-the-art software architecture and avoidance of proprietary standards. Thus, together with the IT planning council, the e-justice council can facilitate the digital sovereignty of the public administration and the judiciary.

Dr. Daniela Brückner

Dr. Daniela Brückner

State Secretary, Ministry of Justice of the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia
E-justice Council chairwoman