New online tool in transparency drive for justice system

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published a new online tool that lets people see the length of time cases take in courts across England and Wales.

Feb 9, 2012
By Paul Jacques
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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published a new online tool that lets people see the length of time cases take in courts across England and Wales.

Visitors to the Open Justice website can now view detailed court-by-court data relating to criminal, civil and family court proceedings.

The addition of this information to the Open Justice website is the latest in a series of steps by the MoJ to improve the transparency of the justice system by publishing information in a more accessible way. This will give members of the public the opportunity to see how the justice system is working where they live.

Lord McNally, the minister with responsibility for increasing the availability and transparency of MoJ information, said: “The Government is committed to transparency and creating a justice system that is open and accountable. This includes publishing information that is meaningful and easily understood. Members of the public should be able to see how the system is working in their area so they can hold local services to account.

“Visitors to the Open Justice website will easily be able to see how long cases are taking in their area and make comparisons to the rest of the country.”

As well as giving information on courts, the Open Justice website offers clear details on local reoffending rates, sentencing and ‘myth-bustin’ on justice issues.

The data on the length of time court cases take in criminal, civil and family proceedings is based on the latest quarterly court statistics published by the MoJ on January 12, 2012.

nSouth Lanarkshire Council’s Legal Services team has awarded systems and business process specialist Civica a contract to improve case management, time recording and court bundling using a case management software platform.

The Civica Legal software will help meet the high service demands involved in processing over 200 cases per month in the core legal function.

South Lanarkshire legal department’s new streamlined processes will provide staff with more efficient and accurate access to specific case data.

Civica Legal enables the legal teams to deliver more productive case management, increase time recording and performance management as well as delivering a better level of customer focused services across the entire authority.

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