Can digital justice be more efficient and remain just? Examining cross-border judicial cooperation in criminal matters
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The Covid-19 crisis has disrupted the functioning of EU judicial cooperation in criminal matters and impacted the use of instruments of mutual recognition of judicial decisions across the EU. Procedures for the surrender of persons through the European Arrest Warrant have been particularly affected. Remote proceedings (via videoconference) and IT platforms for the digital exchange of documents and information are now indicated as the solutions to ensure mutual trust, interoperability and security in EU criminal justice cooperation. Can these applications be deployed without infringing key EU fundamental rights and rule of law safeguards? Under which conditions can the digitalisation of EU cooperation in the area of criminal justice be made compatible with the right to a fair trial, and the rights of defence, such as the right to attend one’s trial, to communicate confidentially with a lawyer, and to challenge evidence?
This session is organised as part of STREAM (JUST AG 101007485), a project with financial support from the Justice Programme (JUST-JCOO-AG-2020) of the European Union.