Computer Science and Organizing the Magistrates’ Work (Workshop Course Shared with

Start Date: Monday, February 20, 2012
End Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Category: Professional Practice
Venue: Rome, Ergife Palace Hotel
Country: Italy
Leading organisation: Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura
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Language(s): Italian
Training level:
Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 3
Contact: Gianluca Grasso
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Contact phone: +39 644491420

Course Description

Subject: the aim of the course, which is the result of the development of previous successful training courses, is to establish the necessary link, in the area of study, between the Training department, the Ministerial offices in charge of distributing computer resources (hardware and software) and the offices of the persons in charge of computers, all of which are involved a difficult dialogue concerning the development, dissemination and use of instruments and methodologies for facilitating and simplifying the organization of the work performed by judges.
The course, therefore, has a double focus : on the one hand, that of training and disseminating knowledge of computer “instruments” in the strict sense; on the other hand, that of considering and gaining knowledge of the quality-quantity ratio of the judicial “product”, by means of drawing from and comparing positive experiences gained also from practice, through protocols and best practices.
The practical nature of the course requires that potential candidates, by being contacted prior to the start of the course, be subjected to an assessment of their knowledge and computer skills so as to grade the training lectures which will be structured into practical workshops, where each participant will introduce himself after the related programs and applications will have been installed on their portable computers in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, with prior verification on the part of the authorities that all installation requirements have been met (hardware, possession of a smart card, etc.).
All topics will be treated and studied in a constructive manner over the course of a real workshop organized in various groups that will confront each other, with the aim to provide already experimented organizational instruments and models or discuss any possible alternatives.
An in-depth study will be conducted on the possible applications of various technological instruments (for example, sending telegrams by phone, using email to receive files from parties and court-appointed experts, certified mail etc.) to speed up the decision-making process and computer programs for managing roles and/or various court activities.
Part of the course will also be dedicated to closely examining the studies conducted by the Constitutional Court and by the Supreme Court of Cassation based on the concrete methods for preparing and drawing up judgments, through a special workshop with a focus also on the models studied for the consolle and magoffice applications used in many parts of Italy.
Objectives: providing practical organizational instruments designed to simplify the organization of the civil magistrates’ functions, through adaptations determined by the various disputes and the identification of the applied management models and of those still to be experimented or which can be exported from sector to sector or from area to area.
Structure and methodology: in order to increase the level of participation and involvement in the lectures, the course will be preceded by an assembly between the teaching staff and participants, so as to gain knowledge of the hardware and software assets that are available to them.
Based on a previously tested procedure, the participants will be sent, with prior agreement by DGISIA, to the decentralized CISIA office, for the purpose of acquiring the necessary software installations to be used in the workshops.
In the previous phase, the study materials for the course will also be distributed (protocols, understandings, studies of the Supreme Court on the preparation of judgments, etc).
Candidates: civil magistrates of first instance and high court, 10% of which district judges for computer-related matters identified by the Ninth Commission.