The European Justice Summit 2017, held in London earlier this month, brought together an exclusive audience of international justice leaders, academics and thought-leading technology providers to share case studies, best practices and showcase how digital transformation is being embraced in the justice system. Senior and engaging speakers from across Europe discussed how justice systems across the continent were being transformed by digital technologies.
The breadth of the justice system was reflected in the diversity of the speakers and their topics: delegates heard about countering terrorism in Belgium; Prisons and Probation in Sweden; rehabilitation in Norway; and efforts within the UK’s Ministry of Justice to harness data to inform decision making,; and how our Police Forces are developing new tools and capabilities, and collaborating better, via the Police Reform and Transformation Board and Police ICT Company.
Jacqueline do Rojas, President of techUK, gave the keynote address at the start of the second day. Her speech evangelised the potential of tech to revolutionise the justice system, and identified common threads will underpin any digital transformed system, which ran through the whole conference: the necessity to collaborate and work in common ways; the need to improve digital capabilities and skills within the Government; and the critical importance of maintaining public trust as the public sector really begins to leverage the potential of data.
The feeling among delegates at the conclusion of the conference was one of optimism. Optimising at our ability to digitally transform the justice system. Optimism too that UK is well placed to lead that revolution and can be ambitious enough, innovative enough, and collaborative enough to deliver a justice system fit for the digital age.