Information Technology in Complex Criminal Trials
Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Incorporated, 1993, Monograph, 153 pgs
153 Pages Posted: 12 May 2013
Date Written: May 30, 1993
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
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