Court Automation in Austria

Mathias Maurer

Abstract

The Austrian e-Justice plays a leading role in Europe. The first IT-developments were started in 1980 and constantly improved and enhanced. There are still a lot of projects going on to further improve the electronic support of courts. Based on a tight functionality the court automation system started with supporting only one civil proceeding and has then been expanded on other types of proceedings with more functions. The most important components of these functions are the electronic register, the central printing facility, an automated court fee collection, electronic communication with the electronic access to files and the electronic legal communication, court publications and an electronic document archive. During more than 25 years of development a lot of lessons were learned and some best practice experiences have been gained. The further development keeps going on as there still is a long way to go to reach the final goal – the full electronic file.

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