“The Ministry of Justice pursued an overly ambitious and high risk strategy anyway”

The history of Government-led IT projects is hardly sparkling. Today’s report from the National Audit Office provides another example to add to the long ‘room for improvement’ column. The NAO examined the history and delivery of an offender tagging project and reached the conclusion that forms the title above. It also added that the Ministry’s approach was “not grounded in evidence, and failed to deliver against its vision.”

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“We can do online filing. We can do online case management.”

So said Lord Thomas, Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales, in his first answer at his annual press conference on 17 November 2015. He was speaking of the prospect of the smarter use of technology by the courts and those who use them, with particular reference to civil litigation. Cash will be critical to any such reform. The financial position should be a good deal clearer after the Autumn Statement by the Chancellor on 25 November, as my colleague Jef Mitchell noted in his recent post from 17 November.

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