Courts’ technology to be strengthened by €10m from the country’s recovery plan

Malta’s recovery and resilience plan approved formally by the EU Commission last week  is to dedicate €10 million to a digital justice system. The Government has published a consultation document intentioned to strengthen the use of technology in the justice system. The Minister for Justice, Edward Zammit Lewis, said the Government’s vision is that the operation of Court technology should become the norm and not the exception.

The Rule of Law is one of six principles on which a strategy for the justice system is to be digitally based to safeguard, among other aspects, the right of a proper hearing. The strategy will explore Artificial Intelligence to be used in Courts to increase efficiency and ensure the rights of the accused as well as being accessible for the public.

The Minister said the strategy has been drawn up by European experts after they consulted with interested parties.

He said a position has to be attained where the use of technology in the justice system ensures a correct performance of justice.

In a virtual message, the Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds, Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, said that €10 million be dedicated for the digitalization of the justice sector. He said this is an important step on which investment has to be built to provide more tools for the system to provide a better system for the community.

Public consultation will end on 13th October.