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Ministry supports judicial case management initiatives

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The Ministry of Justice says it is supporting two judicial initiatives to improve delivery of services and adminstration of cases.

In its annual report for the year to 30 June 2019, the ministry says electronic casebooks minimise the reliance on paper records, which can be damaged or lost.

"The casebooks are compiled versions of court documents, like submissions of evidence used onscreen by judicial parties and other parties during a hearing. It enables the judiciary and others involved to share a ‘single source of truth’, and the casebooks can be easily searched and annotated throughout the hearing."

It says electronic casebooks were piloted in the Court of Appeal in the year to 30 June 2019, and have started to be piloted in the Family Court.

The report also says iJudgment enables judges to review their judgments on-screen, listen to relevant audio at their work station, and authorise that judgment without the need to print and sign the document.

It says iJudgment is rolled out in the District Court criminal jurisdiction nationally.

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