Portugal has 140 modernization measures for "Justice + Next". 2023 is the goal set

Celebrating four years of existence, the "Justia + Prxima" program has new measures for the 2020-2023 edition. The presentation of the bets took place this Monday at the Campus da Justia, in Lisbon, where some conclusions of the OECD report on the results of the first edition of the plan, which began in 2016 and ended last year, were also disclosed.

In the presentation, the Minister of Justice, Francisca van Dunem, highlighted the impact of "bringing justice organizations into the 21st century", recognizing, nonetheless, that modernization does not solve all problems, but is an important instrument.

The 2020-2023 plan welcomes the ongoing measures of the previous edition of the project, adding some that had not yet started and 90 original ones. This is the result of the contribution of 15 entities in the area of ​​Justice, including the Superior Council for the Judiciary, the Superior Council for the Administrative and Tax Courts and the Attorney General's Office.

Again based on the pillars of innovation, efficiency, proximity and humanization, this edition has a total of 140 measures. At the level of innovation, the motto is to overcome, create and test, the objective being to develop new approaches to support the transformation of justice, through new technological solutions. In this area, one of the measures is the expansion of the Tribunal +, based on a new service model, which aims to invest in administrative simplification of the secretariat and in the optimization of tasks. In 2019, it began to cover a universe of 250 courts.

But the plan wants to go even further and develop a pilot project for a "court of the future", with a focus on digital and with an organization that facilitates interactions. In addition, the Court 360 will test the exclusively electronic processing, betting on an "online" version of the continuation of the processes, and the use of new digital tools. The provision of a policy framework for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in the Justice area is another measure of the plan, which ensures that, in this case, AI can "contribute in a unique way to make the sector more agile, efficient, easy to use and, as a result, more reliable ". Still, this is the only AI measure in the plan.

Within the scope of the efficiency pillar, the plan proposes to develop a new system that will allow online submission of requests for nationality online, with the aim of eliminating paper processing. In the area of ​​proximity, the plan is now betting on information and simplification, aiming to create services closer to citizens and companies. Humanization is another pillar of the project, with the Government wanting to improve reception in public and conditioned areas of Justice. One of the measures is the development of an online platform for prisoners, in order to facilitate their reintegration into society.

In presenting the plan, Prime Minister Antnio Costa guaranteed that "the transformation in Justice is a process that will never be concluded", due to the constant demands. However, he considers that Portugal is on the right path, with a focus on identifying and resolving the problems, highlighting the importance of the OECD assessment on the first edition of the plan, also released this Monday.