The digitalization trend and use of new technologies has accelerated in the judiciary in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many courts adopting online hearing capabilities and transitioning to online forms. Artificial Intelligence, digital platforms, Open Justice all continue to transform justice systems around the world.
As part of the Judicial Integrity Network in ASEAN initiative, UNDP conducted a research to examine these developments from the lens of protecting judicial integrity. The research seeks to better understand how emerging technologies affect judicial integrity, both positively and negatively.
The report presents the analysis of research, including direct surveying of judges, about the impacts of new technologies on judicial integrity, and access to justice. It looks at artificial intelligence, case management, online forms and virtual hearings. It provides recommendations for regional support and court-level changes to practices to ensure that judges can promote rule of law and trial fairness in technology mediated processes.
As part of the projects Judicial Excellence to ensure Justice for All: The Judicial Integrity Network in ASEAN, supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and FairBiz - Promoting a Fair Business Environment in ASEAN, supported by the UK Government ASEAN Economic Reform Programme, UNDP is nurturing this network of judges, which supports target countries in pursuing judicial reforms, focusing particularly on transparency, accountability, integrity, accessibility, and court excellence, promoting knowledge exchange and peer-support.