15 Apr 2013

Delay for paperless courts

8:43 am on 15 April 2013

Plans to make law courts paperless have been delayed by up to a year.

Courts Minister Chester Borrows had hoped to have the change take effect in July, but getting the technology in place has proved a bigger job than first thought.

The eBench computer system will allow judges to manage criminal cases electronically and process charges up to 70% faster.

Mr Borrows said police will begin filing their paperwork electronically to courts from July, as planned, but it could be July next year before the system is fully functioning.

He says that was because building computer programmes to handle the changeover is more complex than anticipated.