Information Technology in Complex Criminal Trials

Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Incorporated, 1993, Monograph, 153 pgs

153 Pages Posted: 12 May 2013

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Graham Greenleaf

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Andrew Mowbray

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 30, 1993

Abstract

Other than factual complexity, the most striking feature of a complex fraud investigation is ‘the huge volume of complex, confusing and often incomplete documentation...’. The complex criminal trial of the nineties was, to some extent, a trial of how the law could cope with the information technology of the eighties. Many uses of information technologies can assist the conduct of complex criminal trials, including text retrieval, document control databases, document imaging, computer-aided transcription (CAT), remote video evidence, and presentation graphics.

Australia's National Crime Authority proposed and funded the research for this Report on the use of information technology in complex criminal trials, and the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration supervised the project.

The main purpose of the Report was to make recommendations as to how use of information technology can improve the handling of complex criminal trials by Australian courts. The recommendations concerned the conduct of such trials, not just their prosecution, and aimed to be ‘technologically neutral’ as between defence and prosecution.

The Report contains 58 recommendations. It is organised in the following chapters: 1. Introduction 2. Key technologies in complex trials - overview 3. Criminal trial computerisation - a survey 4. Transcript - supplying ‘clean water’ 5. Exhibits and other documents - managing paper mountains 6. Co-operation and procedure concerning computerised documents 7. Presentation graphics and summaries - simplifying complex evidence 8. Improved communication, education, and standards

Keywords: litigation support systems, complex criminal trials, Australia, legal information systems, text retrieval, courts

Suggested Citation

Greenleaf, Graham and Mowbray, Andrew, Information Technology in Complex Criminal Trials (May 30, 1993). Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Incorporated, 1993, Monograph, 153 pgs . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2263821

Graham Greenleaf (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia
+61 2 9385 2233 (Phone)
+61 2 9385 1175 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham

Andrew Mowbray

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

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