NWCI Submission: Development of a Long Term Strategy for the Courts Service
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
NWCI welcomed the opportunity to provide input into the Development of Long Term Strategy for the Courts Service, and commend the Courts Service commitment to ensuring this strategy takes account of a wide range of views and perspectives. NWCI’s comments reflected the lived experiences of the women that we have worked with and that have contacted us in huge numbers over many years. In drafting this submission we were cognisant of the desire of the Courts Service for a Long Term Strategy that includes a vision for a modern, digitally enabled organisation that maximises the use of legal technologies in the delivery of its services and all aspects of its operations. However, in recognition of the fact that this is a future vision that stretches to 2025 and beyond, we welcome the Courts Service general instruction to include any additional matters that we considered to be of relevance. Our submission focuses on four core areas: (1) Access to justice (2) Collection of data (3) Violence against women, and (4) Training and gender bias in legal proceedings. We believe these areas should be core to the future development of the courts service.