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)

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