E-Justice conference in Sofia: are the new technologies appropriately shaping the future of the judiciary in the EU?

The future of e-Justice in the EU was discussed at length in Sofia by the representatives of numerous institutions. In the context of the digital area, the participants raised awareness of the new challenges and the need to adapt accordingly.

A conference on the “Future of e-Justice and the new technologies in service of the judiciary” took place in the Bulgarian capital on May 14-15, 2018. The event was held in the framework of the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The Bulgarian Minister of Justice Ms. Tsetska TSACHEVA opened the conference by stating that e-Justice is a priority and highlighted the importance of facilitating access to justice for European citizens.

Most of the e-Justice future projects appear to gravitate towards the e-CODEX platform. As a tool to facilitate cross border legal proceedings, this digital platform is the key to empowering secure judicial cooperation between members States.

In this optic, the panellists discussed potential e-CODEX with regards to service of documents, family law and cross–border access to electronic evidence.

Another highlight of the conference was the presentation on artificial intelligence and its expected power in predicting legal decisions. Thus, the presentation suggested that the new advancements in the field can help foresee EU case decisions.

We have been facing new challenges such as cybercrime, in the past years. “Thus, it is important to act swiftly and adapt to the ever-changing environment” stated European Commissioner Vera JUROVA in her video speech.