The President of the European Commission of Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe (CEPEJ), Mr Ramin Gurbanov, and the Secretary General for the Administration of Justice of the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Spain, Mr Antonio Viejo Llorente, presided together the workshop “Driving cyberjustice reforms in Spain through change management”, on 4 July 2019.
Over the last 6 months a team of CEPEJ experts participated to 3 fact-finding and information visits to Spain with a view to assessing the progress in the digitalization of the justice sector and the related challenges. In the workshop conducted in the premises of the Ministry of Justice in Madrid, the CEPEJ experts presented their main findings from the visits, the good practices for cyberjustice transformations from European countries such as the Netherlands, Italy, France and Switzerland, and the relevant CEPEJ Guidelines on how to drive change towards cyberjustice. Following these presentations, the discussions concentrated on the feedback from the main stakeholders such as the General Council for the Judiciary, the State Technical Committee on Electronic Judicial Administration, presidents of the superior courts of Aragon and Murcia, representatives of the General Attorney’s Office etc., and on the main recommendations for improving the implementation of cyberjustice projects, including the need to enhance the change management.
The project is very much focused on the involvement and the response to the needs of different groups of professionals affected by the digital transformation of justice sector in Spain. As a result of this work, the CEPEJ experts will present in the coming months a comprehensive report on change management, including the need to streamline governance, focus on interoperability of cyberjustice tools, strengthen the role of the State Technical Committee on Electronic Judicial Administration, improve the consultations with the concerned professionals, etc.
The Director General of International Legal Cooperation the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Spain, Ms Ana Gallego, has closed the workshop and pointed out the importance of digitalization for the efficiency of the judicial system and the promotion of judicial cooperation in the European area of justice.
This activity has been carried out in the framework of the Joint Programme “Promoting cyberjustice in Spain through change management and improvement of data collection”, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe..