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The digital revolution meets Dad’s Army

The efficient use of technology in criminal courts presents considerable challenges for defence firms as they seek to train an ageing cohort of criminal practitioners, says Adam Makepeace

25 April 2017

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. There is £1bn set aside for digital infrastructure projects by the Ministry of Justice. That sum is enormous when juxtaposed with the ministry’s total (and significantly reduced through austerity) budget of just over £6bn per year. One might whimsically reflect on the abject failure of a pre-austerity MoJ to make any meaningful commitment to modernising the infrastructure of justice, but no one can doubt that £1bn represents a serious commitment to achieving a perfectly understandable and worthwhile objective.

It won’t work of course. Or more accurately, the shiny new Rolls-Royce envisaged will be returned to the production line on numerous occasions. And when it is eventually capable of being driven, we will be left to reflect on whether we have ended up with a BMW 5 Series or a Ford Fiesta. There are many reasons why th...

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