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States of Guernsey historical records to be digitised... eventually

States of Guernsey historical records to be digitised... eventually

Friday 21 April 2023

States of Guernsey historical records to be digitised... eventually

Friday 21 April 2023

A three phase project to digitise the processes at the Guernsey courts could be moved down the priority list by a proposal by Policy & Resources.

Guernsey’s court system still relies on bundles of physical paperwork and the strongroom contains masses of historical data going back decades. The SMART Court Programme aims to digitise the system and is one part of a larger piece of work to streamline most of the processes at the States of Guernsey.

“The SMART Court programme is the digital enabler of a major service reform intended to improve and modernise the services provided by the Royal Court,” said Principal Deputy Greffier, Laurence Hill-Tout. 

It is designed to offer users an experience at least on a par with those that they expect from other services with which they engage."

SMART Court will “create end-to-end digital solutions for Criminal Justice, Family Law, Debt Recovery and similar high profile issues crossing multiple Government organisations as well as private Law Firms”. 

The project has been broken down into three phases, including a move away from paper bundles – used during various hearings – to an e-bundling solution, which should lead to a more streamlined process of case management through the Court. 

Additionally, the website is in line for a major update that’ll allow applications, submissions and payments to be made online. 

The final step in the programme would be the digitisation of the entire Royal Court strongroom, a mammoth project that could now be delayed. 

P&R has proposed a major reshuffle of its capital projects, of which SMART Court is one, moving the programme down the pecking order to the review scope/solve column.  


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