Thursday, April 7, 2022
It concludes that in recent years progress has been made in the Member States, and that the Covid-19 pandemic has been a trigger in raising awareness of the need to bring justice in line with the extensive use of digital technology in daily life, work, and commerce. After more than a decade of facilitating and encouraging the use of digital communication in different EU instruments, the recent recast of the Service and Evidence Regulation have moved forward to making digital means of communication compulsory. This latest proposal on the digitalisation of judicial cooperation of December 2021 provides for a broad package enabling electronic means of communication, facilitating videoconferencing and validating electronic documents and signatures. A set of legal measures – combined with technological facilities and supported by proposed strategy of training of justice professionals – will hopefully further guide the road towards a more integrated, sustainable and secure system of e-justice in the EU. Knowing the intricacies of law and technology and the EU legislative process we may expect a bumpy road ahead.