Over the course of this year, European citizens have had to radically realign their lives to the new reality brought on by the coronavirus crisis. For the most part, this has meant rapidly migrating our personal and professional lives online.
In the judicial world, this has presented a series of challenges, but also opportunities. For their part, notaries across the EU have had to quickly adapt to this new context and in Brussels, the Commission has also published its digitalisation of justice strategy – aiming to support and foster the uptake and deployment of digital tools across all levels of the judiciary.
This event report covers the main messages in this field discussed during the Notaries of Europe annual conference on 10 December.
Notary services from across the bloc have said that the EU should pay attention to which global actors have 'control and access' to key technologies used in judicial processes in the ongoing digitalisation of the sector.
The COVID-19 crisis has brought the need for digitalisation of justice to the forefront, says Salla Saastamoinen, stressing that "concerted effort is urgently needed, both at the national and EU level, to accelerate the digital transformation process of the justice sector".
On 2 December, the European Commission published its Communication on Digitalisation of Justice in the European Union. It recalls in the preamble that “effective justice systems are also essential for the functioning of the internal market and a prerequisite for …