Ger­man Asso­cia­ti­on for Com­pu­ting in the Judi­cia­ry

The next annu­al con­gress of the Asso­cia­ti­on will take place from 23 to 25 Sep­tem­ber 2015 in Saar­brü­cken (24th Annu­al Con­gress)

The Ger­man Asso­cia­ti­on for Com­pu­ting in the Judi­cia­ry was foun­ded in 1992. Pro­fes­sor Dr. Maxi­mi­li­an Her­ber­ger was elec­ted as its pre­si­dent and has remai­ned in office until Sep­tem­ber 2014. Sin­ce that time Prof. Dr. Ste­phan Ory is the pre­si­dent of the asso­cia­ti­on. At the moment, the socie­ty has about 400 mem­bers.

Short­ly after its foun­da­ti­on, a regu­lar co-ope­ra­ti­on bet­ween the Asso­cia­ti­on and the Bund-Län­der Com­mis­si­on began. Sin­ce then, the Ger­man Asso­cia­ti­on for Com­pu­ting in the Judi­cia­ry has been reco­gnis­ed as a ‘Gerichts­tag’ (Judi­ci­al Con­gress).

The Asso­cia­ti­on con­si­ders it its pur­po­se to moni­tor important deve­lop­ments respon­si­b­ly and to take part in the deve­lop­ment of stan­dards. A stan­dard for the struc­tu­ring of judgment tran­scripts in data­ba­ses was adop­ted at a very ear­ly sta­ge and fur­ther stan­dards fol­lo­wed. The Asso­cia­ti­on took up its first stan­dard when it pas­sed a draft sug­ges­ti­on for the XML – struc­tu­ring of judgment tran­scripts. The Asso­cia­ti­on was one of the first to reco­gnise that the Inter­net was going to play an important role for the legal pro­fes­si­on, simi­lar to its eva­lua­ti­on of the impor­t­an­ce of the PC in the work­place.

In addi­ti­on, the Asso­cia­ti­on aims to con­tri­bu­te to the rea­li­sa­ti­on of the full poten­ti­al of legal com­pu­ting tech­no­lo­gy. The exchan­ge of expe­ri­en­ces wit­hin and out­si­de the dif­fe­rent work groups plays an important role the­r­ein.

It is the pur­po­se of the Asso­cia­ti­on to ser­ve as a forum for an exchan­ge of expe­ri­en­ces about the use of elec­tro­nic data pro­ces­sing in the admi­nis­tra­ti­on of jus­ti­ce, inclu­ding advo­cacy, and in doing so

  • ren­de­ring pos­si­ble a prac­ti­cal exchan­ge of expe­ri­en­ces about the use of elec­tro­nic data pro­ces­sing tech­no­lo­gy in the app­li­ca­ti­on of the law, inclu­ding the lay-out of work and orga­ni­sa­tio­nal envi­ron­ments
  • sup­por­ting co-ope­ra­ti­on bet­ween lawy­ers and com­pu­ter sci­en­tists on a supra-regio­nal and European sca­le and brin­ging tog­e­ther their know­ledge in the cross­over bet­ween legal tasks and com­pu­ter sci­ence>
  • encou­ra­ging and sup­por­ting dis­cus­sion about exis­ting com­pu­ting solu­ti­ons, deve­lop­ments and future pro­s­pec­ts
  • faci­li­ta­ting the exchan­ge of opi­ni­ons about the legal aspec­ts of the app­li­ca­ti­on and use of elec­tro­nic data pro­ces­sing tech­no­lo­gy, par­ti­cu­lar­ly with regard to the admi­nis­tra­ti­on of jus­ti­ce
  • sup­por­ting con­tac­ts bet­ween simi­lar orga­ni­sa­ti­ons (amongst others the Ger­man Infor­ma­tics Socie­ty [GI])

The Asso­cia­ti­on ful­fils the­se pur­po­ses first and fore­most by the orga­ni­sa­ti­on of the Annu­al Con­gress, which takes place in Saar­brü­cken.

The ‘magic’ thres­hold of 500 par­ti­ci­pants of the annu­al con­fe­rence has been crossed for a con­si­dera­ble time now. And year by year, the num­ber of par­ti­ci­pants is rising. The accom­pany­ing demons­tra­ti­ons by firms are also beco­m­ing more diver­se and inte­res­ting. They ren­der it pos­si­ble to pre­sent an over­view of the essen­ti­al pro­duc­ts to the com­pu­ter-inte­rested legal pro­fes­sio­nal in a time­saving sur­roun­ding in a sin­gle loca­ti­on.

The ‘get – tog­e­ther’ at ‘juris GmbH’ on the first evening and the com­mu­nal din­ner on the second evening have now beco­me a che­ris­hed tra­di­ti­on.

The talks by the Federal Minis­ter of Jus­ti­ce, Her­ta Däub­ler-Gme­lin, on the topic ‘Inter­net and elec­tro­nic exchan­ge of legal docu­ments’ at the Annu­al Con­gress 2000 and by the Federal Minis­ter of Jus­ti­ce, Bri­git­te Zypries, on the topic “The elec­tro­nic exchan­ge of legal docu­ments is beco­m­ing more and more important” were cer­tain­ly high­lights of the con­gres­ses so far. It show­ed that the Asso­cia­ti­on has been accep­ted in the cir­cle of Gerichts­ta­ge after a rea­son­ab­ly short time – some­thing it had been stri­ving for from the very begin­ning as indi­ca­ted by its name (Deut­scher EDV-Gerichts­tag).

Saar­brü­cken, Sep­tem­ber 2014

The Asso­cia­ti­on can be con­tac­ted at this address:

Deut­scher EDV – Gerichts­tag e.V.
Prof. Dr. Ste­phan Ory
Uni­ver­si­tät des Saar­lan­des, Post­fach 15 11 50
D – 66041 Saar­brü­cken
Tele­pho­ne: +49 (0)681 302‑5511 (10.00 – 16.00 Uhr)
Fax: +49 (0)681 302‑2591

Plea­se Note: Only this intro­duc­to­ry web­page of the ‚Ger­man Asso­cia­ti­on for Com­pu­ting in the Judi­cia­ry‘ is avail­ab­le in Eng­lish. All other web­pages and links are avail­ab­le only in Ger­man.

[trans­la­ted by Jen­ni­fer Heu­er]

Also avail­ab­le on our WWW ser­ver: Asso­cia­ti­on of Ger­man Admi­nis­tra­ti­ve Jud­ges (BDVR)