Video conferencing in court proceedings and judicial management

Projekt abgeschlossen

The project shall make court proceedings faster, cheaper, safer, more comfortable and environment saving by enabling parties to attend court hearings over video conferencing. Therefore, 15 courtrooms and courthouse locations, 5 police arrest houses and 2 prosecutors’ offices will be equipped with video conferencing facilities.
 

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Estland
Öffentliche Sicherheit erhöhen
Modernisierung des Gerichtswesens
01.01.2012 - 30.09.2013
CHF 550'000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Hintergrund

In Estonia, yearly costs for convoying about 7500 internees to court houses for hearings are very expensive. Furthermore the state is paying travelling expenses to prosecutors, attorneys, forensic experts and witnesses from abroad participating in court hearings. These convoying and travel costs make court hearings slow and have negative impacts with regard to cost efficiency, safety and environment protection. Thus, since 2005 Estonia started to use video conference facilities in courts to solve this problem. So far, 5 courtrooms out of 120, 4 prisons out of 5 and 3 prosecutors’ offices out of 18 are equipped with video conference systems.

Ziele

The project shall make court proceedings faster, cheaper, safer, more comfortable and environment saving by enabling parties to attend court hearings over video conferencing and thus to reduce convoying and travelling costs. In the frame of the project 22 further locations will be provided with video conference equipment which will enhance the public safety and save yearly around 300 000 CHF.

Zielgruppen

Centre of Registers and Information Systems; prosecutors, attorneys, forensic experts and witnesses from abroad; Estonian society

Aktivitäten

Within the project, video conference equipment such as cameras, software and video conference boxes will be procured, provided and installed. In addition, Estonia is financing the preparation of rooms for the instalment and training courses for users by own contribution.

Resultate

Erreichte Resultate:  

  • Video conferencing equipment such as cameras, software and video conference boxes installed in 35 locations and 2 persons in each location trained in their use
  • Court hearings proceed faster and the transportation costs have decreased. Persons under the witness protection system are safer. International information exchange happens faster
  • Average estimated time limit of court proceedings in civil matters has decreased from 197 days to 168 days
  • Average estimated time limit of court proceedings in criminal matters has decreased from 426 days to 330 days
  • Average estimated time limit of court proceedings in misdemeanour matters has decreased from 133 days to 62 days


Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Schweizer Beitrag an die erweiterte EU
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Ausländische staatliche Institution
  • National State Institute North


Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   550'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   550'000
Projektphasen

Phase 1 01.01.2012 - 30.09.2013   (Completed)