Digital Justice

In recent years judicial authorities around the world have been gradually adopting the distributed litigation model. The rate of adoption has accelerated in the last few months as the need for reducing contact among parties in the legal process is higher than ever. The Digital Justice System is the Judiciary’s most important tool in the process of digital transformation. The solution enables the secure conduct and recording of investigations, hearings and trials by video conference. Parties to a case join the session from video endpoints within the justice department’s internal network or from any location securely from the public internet. The Digital Justice System application connects the video conferencing telepresence infrastructure to the justice department’s internal applications to enable a seamless process.

 

The Digital Justice System helps Judiciary Departments to achieve the following benefits:

Adjudication:

A public prosecutor or judge can reach multiple sites simultaneously to review evidence and legal arguments through secure and interactive video. The overall costs per case and case backlogs are reduced, court services delivered quicker, and customer access and satisfaction improved.

Testimony and appearance:

Parties and witnesses can appear through secure video for motions and testimony from anywhere. This video access reduces case backlogs and travel costs, and speeds justice. It is also scalable as needed.

Arraignment:

Defendants can appear before the public prosecutor or judge through secure, remote video for motions and testimony directly from a holding facility. Remote video increases responsiveness and speed of justice while reducing security risks and transfer costs. It can also reduce opportunities for confrontation and escape, reduce administrative costs, and allow detainees to connect with multiple court facilities.

Interpretation:

Interpreters can appear immediately through video without court delay. Travel time is eliminated, and on-the-clock fees are reduced. A central pool of interpreters with specialized languages can be created and accessed instantly by multiple courts, improving access to undeserved groups.

Visitation:

Legal counsel and family members can maintain face-to-face interaction with inmates without physical security and contraband concerns. Families can even visit from home, easing the physical and psychological impacts of entering a secure facility, especially for children.

Administrative meetings:

Corrections officials, staff, and administrators can connect and collaborate without travel. Training and planning meetings can take place anytime, anywhere, reducing travel costs and logistics.

The telepresence infrastructure is based on Cisco Unified Call Manager (CUCM) and Cisco Meeting Server (CMS), the industry’s leading solution for premises-based meetings deployments. The Digital Justice System developed by APPLICOM provides seamless integration of the Cisco telepresence infrastructure utilizing Cisco API with the Judiciary application. The application enables officers of the justice department to schedule sessions directly from the judiciary case management application, book investigations and court rooms, invite internal and external parties such as defendants, plaintiffs, lawyers, witnesses, interpreters, experts and others. Any participant can attend from any location whether it is a Cisco video endpoint or by WebRTC though a web browser. Video sessions are processed using Vbrick REV/DME technology which is tightly integrated with the Cisco telepresence infrastructure and enables the real time streaming, tagging and playback.