OECD studies on the influence of technology on judicial performance

Two recent studies by the OECD provide evidence of the influence of technology on judicial performance in civil cases; both studies are linked and summarized at: Judicial performance and its determinants: a cross-country perspective.

Here are excerpts:

[…] The responsiveness of judges’ productivity to a 10% increase in the ICT budget share increases with computer literacy […]

What are the main factors associated with trial length?

[…] On the supply side, some potential influencing factors are: the quantity and quality of financial and human resources devoted to justice; the efficiency of the production process as influenced, among other things, by the degree of task specialisation, the use of techniques for the efficient management of cases, and the diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICT); and the governance structure of the courts including the structure of incentives for judges and judicial staff. […]

Factors associated with shorter trial length include larger shares of the justice budget devoted to court computerisation, the active management of the progress of cases by courts, the systematic production of statistics at the court level, the existence of specialised commercial courts and systems of court governance in which the chief judge has broader managerial responsibilities […]

Investments in court computerisation are related with higher productivity of judges (measured as cases solved per judge), especially in countries where computer literacy is widespread facilitating the take-up of ICT-based opportunities. […]

Larger shares of the justice budget devoted to computerisation are associated with better judicial performance

[…] Systems devoting a larger share of the justice budget to ICT investment display on average shorter trial length, as well as higher productivity of judges (number of cases disposed of by each judge). The link with productivity is stronger when computer literacy is widespread in the population, ensuring a better take-up of ICT-based facilities: moving from a share of people with basic computer skills of 33% to one of 54%, the responsiveness of judges’ productivity to investment in informatisation increases by four times. Thus, investments in computerisation and policies aimed at spreading out computer skills would seem to be complementary vis-à-vis this measure of justice productivity. […]

For more details, please see the complete reports.

HT @RichardMoorhead

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