Tech adoption will be ‘positive legacy’ of coronavirus response, says Scottish justice secretary
Humza Yousaf praises response of the Scottish justice system
The use of digital technology throughout Scotland’s criminal justice system will represent a “very positive legacy” of the response to the coronavirus crisis, believes the Scottish Government’s justice secretary Humza Yousaf.
In an interview with PublicTechnology sister publication Holyrood, Yousaf praised the way in which courts across the country had responded to the difficulties of recent months.
“These are challenges being faced by jurisdictions around the world and there are no easy answers,” he said. “The Scottish justice system should be given great credit for the swift, collaborative and innovative way they responded to the pandemic, which I hope will result in lasting improvements for years to come.”
The cabinet member added that the rollout of video and connectivity technology that has allowed hearings to continue could prove to be beneficial long beyond the pandemic.
“The rapid adoption of new digital approaches has been the major significant feature I think will be a very positive legacy of the past few months,” Yousaf said. “For example, remote hearings have begun in several courts and Scotland was recently one of the first jurisdictions in the world to run summary trials conducted entirely in virtual courts.”
Scottish police have also benefited from the use of new technologies, according to the justice secretary.
“A few weeks ago, Police Scotland revealed that hundreds of thousands of hours of officer time had been freed up by the rollout of new mobile technology, which the Scottish Government was able to support with additional capital funding,” Yousaf said. “Our investment in this innovative mobile technology has had a transformative effect on policing across the country, allowing officers to increase their focus on engaging with the public and keeping our communities safe.”
Government claims moving information to National Archives site is ‘boost for open justice’
Tricia Hayes takes on number-two role
Scottish Land Commission opens new digital platform
Department claims that dedicated datacentre space remains essential
Higher Education institutions are some of the most consistently targeted organisations for cyberattacks. CrowdStrike explores the importance of the right cybersecurity measures.