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)