tell’ their stories, and cases being delayed. He said: “We need to use the

technology that’s available to us to get things done quicker, faster and more efficiently – we cannot be moving hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of bits of paper around the system, inefficiently, maybe ineffectively and delaying justice; if we delay justice for the victims by not be- ing efficient and for people who are accused and end up not being found guilty, we delay justice for them as well. We in government absolutely recognise that.” Cowan said that next year’s Justice Vision

& Priorities strategic document is likely to be updated with a renewed focus on how victims and witnesses are dealt within the system, and a new service design project being led by Victim Support Scotland is likely to be a major driver of change in that context.

More than 150 delegates gathered for the full-day conference, which reflected not only the work of the DESC project – which aims to improve the end user experi- ence of accessing justice services provided by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

(COPFS), the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, Police Scot- land and Te Scottish Govern- ment – but also of the Digitally Enabled Policing Programme (DEPP), which is at the heart of largescale transformation and investment in technology for frontline officers in Police Scotland. Chief Superintendent Matt Richards, who has manage- ment responsibility for the DEPP programme, said that the force was making great progress in flattening out the 100 different legacy systems it inherited from the previously separate eight police forces and is working

towards creating a ‘future inte- grated digital platform’, featuring the likes of wearable technology, digital case management and predictive analytics, on the way to what he called ‘quick and slick’ policing. l

Leading justice partner organisations showcased their solutions at FutureScot’s Digital Justice & Policing 2019, including Headline Sponsor Axon, Leidos, Egress, Unisys, AWS, Forensic Analytics, Aurion Learning, Nuix, GBG and Motorola Solutions.

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