Welcome to Digital Justice 2018 - the latest in a series of Futurescot events aimed at exploring the impact of digital technologies on the justice system in Scotland.

Digital Justice 2018 is a full-day, interactive conference exploring how technology and innovation has the potential to transform Scotland's justice sector, creating a 'swifter, smarter and secure' system for all.

Join us to hear how the latest policies and innovations will affect your organisation, from the Digital Evidence Sharing Capability (DESC) project to Electronic Monitoring and the impact of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.

It will examine how the sector is responding to huge digital disruption, which is many cases has left justice agencies struggling to keep pace with the advent of new technology. According to a global justice survey by management consultancy Accenture last year, financial constraints, citizen expectations and the need to modernise operations are the three 'biggest challenges' facing public safety organisations worldwide.

Scotland is no exception and FutureScot's Digital Justice conference will explore how harnessing new technologies is a vital goal to enhancing end user experience, reducing distress, improving service delivery and supporting community justice efforts.

Event themes and learning: 

  • Creating a Scottish justice system fit for the 21st Century.
  • Empowering victims and witnesses through data and technology.
  • Innovative approaches to reducing reoffending in Scotland.
  • Preventing, predicting and reporting crime.
  • Sharing, analysing and storing data.
  • Creating a digitally enabled workforce. 
  • Protecting Scotland against cyber-related crime.

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As part of its Programme for Government 2018/19, the Scottish Government will continue to explore ways to allow technology to transform criminal justice processes including the development of the Digital Evidence Sharing Capability (DESC) project, where digital evidence sharing will help bring cases to swifter conclusion.

This pilot project is collaborative across the whole justice sector, including the legal defence community, with the end goal of developing and implementing a way to capture, store and share evidence digitally at every stage of a criminal investigation and prosecution.

It is designed to streamline and speed up the transmission of evidence types like CCTV, which can be stored in over a thousand different formats, rendering the process of evidence capture through to trial a slow and inefficient one.

DESC involves the principal criminal justice agencies: Police Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service, as well as lawyers in the defence community. It is viewed as a test-bed for closer integration, in a digital sense, across the public sector and if successful could be widened in scope in future.

Digital Justice 2018 will be an opportunity to hear how government is facilitating ever-greater data sharing through its agencies and Third Sector affiliates, including prison and community justice services, as well as ongoing work to improve access to justice and the 'end user experience'.

It will also be a chance for the legal community to hear what role they might play in the future as part of a swifter, smarter and more secure system for delivering and dispensing justice in a timely, fair and supportive way.

With new technologies changing the landscape - from Artificial Intelligence to Blockchain and geo-location as well as personal monitoring - Digital Justice 2018 is a must-attend event for all those involved in the justice sector as it goes through a period of innovation, disruption and modernisation. 

Who should Attend:

Chief Constables
Legal Officers
Probation Officers
Criminal Justice & Data Management Professionals
Police Officers
Digital Forensics 
Policy Makers
Law enforcement/ Digital investigation officers
Prison Officers
Director of Access to Justice
Head of Criminal Justice
Head of Criminal Law & Justice Policy
Head of Investigations/ Fraud
Head of Security and Intelligence
Heads of Court
Heads of Information Governance
Heads of IT / IT Directors
Heads of Service Modernisation
Heads of Shared Services
ICT Transformation Leads
IT and Digital Capabilities of Criminal Investigations
Litigation Support Managers
Prison Governors
Senior Police Officers
IT and Digital Capabilities of Criminal Investigations
IT Infrastructure Leads

Past attendees include:

Aberdeen City Council; Dutch Custodial Institution Service; Angus Criminal Justice Services; COPFS; Criminal Justice, The Scottish Government; Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service; Dumfries and Galloway Council; Edinburgh Napier University; Falkirk Council; Glasgow Caledonian University; Midlothian Community Safety & Justice Partnership; Police Scotland; Sacro; Scottish Courts and Tribunal Services; Scottish Courts and Tribunal Services; SCTS; South Lanarkshire Council; The Scottish Legal Aid Board; University of Glasgow; Victim Support Scotland; Staffordshire University; HMPPS Digital Studio; Skills for Justice; Croft Glasgow; Families Outside; Criminal Justice Service Moray; Cre8te Opportunities; Reform Scotland; Recruit with Conviction; Mentor UK; Tayside Arrest Referral Service; SPS; University of Strathclyde / Scottish Justice Matters; Apex Scotland; Open University.

Chief Constables; Legal Officers; Probation Officers; Criminal Justice & Data Management Professionals;   Digital Forensics; Solicitors & Lawyers; Heads of Service & Modernisation; Heads of Shared Services; Senior Police Officers; Head of Investigations & Fraud; Head of Security and Intelligence; Prison Governors; Head of Criminal Justice; Head of Criminal Law & Justice; Policy professionals; IT & Infrastructure Leads; IT and Digital Capabilities of Criminal Investigations; Heads of Information Governance; Heads of IT; Law enforcement & Digital investigation officers; Prison Officers; Director of Access to Justice; Heads of Court; ICT Transformation Leads; IT and Digital Capabilities of Criminal Investigations; Litigation Support Managers.

'For me the biggest gain came from listening to where different justice organisations, speakers and suppliers are on their digital journeys, the challenges they have and the opportunities for policy change that can be achieved through digitally enabled transformation. A really well organised event that provided good networking opportunities.' (FutureScot's Justice Innovation, March 2018)

- Jim Wilson, Programme Manager, Justice Digital Strategy, Scottish Government 

For more information on sponsorship opportunites please contact our Head of Business Development, Vincenzo Veglia on vincenzo@canongate.org /0131 357 4475.

Join Us

21 November 2018 Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh - EH2 2PQ United Kingdom

Digital Justice 2018

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