This report analyses the ways in which ‘justice system data’ – that is the information generated by the process of justice – is managed in three countries: Australia, Canada and Ireland. It considers how data-sharing methods are perceived to relate to judicial independence, innovation, and public understanding of, and confidence in, the justice system.

The report recommends:

  • Clearly presented policies, shared publicly, on the differing roles for executive, court service, judiciary and any third-party providers in the management of justice system data.
  • Accountability mechanisms for access to justice data: i.e. appropriate routes of application and appeal for accessing justice data that is not readily available in the public domain.
  • Consideration of public and court user views and experiences in the design of justice system data processes (especially with regard to the use of personal data).
  • Detailed measurement of the impact of data sharing practices on outcomes of the justice system.

A spreadsheet summarising key justice system features is available here.

An open library of references is available here

Executive summary: 'Justice system data': A comparative study 'Justice system data': a comparative study

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