CEELI Talks, Series Two:
Digital Justice

In this series, we review the opportunities provided by the digitalization of justice and the challenges and benefits it presents to the judiciaries in Central and Eastern Europe.

EPISODE ONE

Human Rights and Digital Justice

The advent of Covid-19 has seen the acceleration of the digitalization of justice and the increasing use of remote hearings. However, this leaves many questions unanswered, especially when it comes to preserving the rights of citizens across the globe. What effects has the pandemic had on the judiciary and how do they serve the public? Where does the balance lie between safeguarding public health and endangering human rights, particularly in regards to human rights and access to courts? Is digital justice able to mitigate these effects? And in which circumstances are remote hearings suitable alternatives to in-person proceedings?

EPISODE TWO

Where’s the Justice? Safeguarding Fairness in Remote Proceedings

The use of technology has allowed for the continuation of justice in remote proceedings during the pandemic, but this comes with a variety of concerns. What dangers does undue interference during remote hearings pose to digital justice? What mechanisms are in place to secure adequate representation for defendants and ensure their engagement during proceedings? And what effect do remote hearings have on public perception of justice and actual outcomes?

EPISODE THREE

Virtual Hearings – Possibilities and Pitfalls

The proliferation of technology has led to an increase in its use by the judiciary over the last few years, especially when the pandemic hit. This episode explores the developments that have led to the current state of digitalization in judiciaries – both the technological advancements and the legislative progress. What types of electronic evidence exist? How should they be dealt with by the judiciary? And another crucial question: in a virtual trial setting, how do we create optimum conditions that preserve the dignity and decorum of the court process?

EPISODE FOUR

Case Management Systems – Increasing Access to Justice?

The advent of case management systems, designed to improve efficiencies in the allocation and administration of cases before the courts, has not been without its challenges. This episode focuses on the implementation of case management systems in both Kosovo and Bulgaria. We examine which role digital justice can play in maximizing efficiency, transparency, and accountability in the judiciary. What steps are needed to successfully implement digitalization programs? And who should be involved in the process of developing and implementing case management systems?

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