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)