Data • Administrative data • Completed
‘Justice System Data’: A Comparative Study
Dr Judith Townend, Dr Cassandra Wiener | 1st July 2021
This report analyses the ways in which ‘justice system data’ – that is the information generated by the process of justice – is managed in three countries: Australia, Canada and Ireland. It considers how data-sharing methods are perceived to relate to judicial independence, innovation, and public understanding of, and confidence in, the justice system.
The report recommends:
- Clearly presented policies, shared publicly, on the differing roles for executive, court service, judiciary and any third-party providers in the management of justice system data.
- Accountability mechanisms for access to justice data: i.e. appropriate routes of application and appeal for accessing justice data that is not readily available in the public domain.
- Consideration of public and court user views and experiences in the design of justice system data processes (especially with regard to the use of personal data).
- Detailed measurement of the impact of data sharing practices on outcomes of the justice system.
A spreadsheet summarising key justice system features is available.
An open library of references is available.
Digital Justice: HMCTS Data Strategy and Delivering Access to Justice
This report recommends an approach to data collection for service design, iteration and evaluation at HMCTS based on extensive stakeholder consultation with senior judges, government staff, academic researchers, lawyers and data and privacy specialists.