Database delayed is justice denied

The courts are putting people’s legal rights in jeopardy by failing in their efforts to create a database of court decisions that can be used by lawyers preparing for legal proceedings, legal experts say.

Creating the system, according to Michael Gøtze, of the University of Copenhagen, would make it easier for small law firms to find precedent-setting cases, while at the same time providing a central location for all legal decisions, something that doesn’t exist today.

The online database should have been available in 2009, but according to Domstolsstyrelsen, which manages the court system, other computer projects have come up in the meantime that have delayed its launch.

Financing, according to Merethe Eckhardt, the organisation’s head of technology, has also been hard to come by. 


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