Communication Environment for Judicial cross-border cooperation in criminal investigations (JWEB)

Published on: 20/10/2007
J-WeB aims at designing and developing an innovative judicial cooperation environment to enable an effective workflow in cross-border criminal investigations between EU countries and future members. The project focus is the development of a judicial cooperation platform (JCP) capable to support the judicial operators in the duties related to two main procedures preceding the request for warrant of arrest. J-Web is built on web-based groupware tools to support a more effective collaboration, knowledge sharing and information transferring among geographically distributed workforces, within and between law organizations.

Policy Context

Judicial & police co-operation under the “Tampere agenda”.

Description of target users and groups

Investigating judges and public prosecutors, judicial operators, criminal police and liaison magistrates.

Description of the way to implement the initiative

Multi-channel issues: The JWeB platform uses data exchange, voice and video over IP in order to support magistrates in cross border judicial cooperation activities

Technology solution

Service Oriented Architecure, Secure Web Services, Biometry, Digital signature, Secure collaboration, collaboration gateway, videoconference, Information Retrieval, Data mining. Technology choice: Proprietary technology, Standards-based technology, Open source software

Main results, benefits and impacts

The expected impact of the project is an enhanced judicial cooperation in cross-border investigations in criminal matters, with a special focus in the exchange of information between judicial systems of the European Union and the Western Balkan countries, supporting the constitution and the empowerment of a Prosecutors' network in this area. The project will allow to connect judicial actors involved in a criminal investigation in a secure and shared workspace, in and between different judicial systems, allowing a straightforward communication between investigating magistrates, liaison magistrates, embassies and connecting in perspective different judicial systems in different countries. Transfer of judicial information will move from paper to digital format, lowering the transfer time from days and weeks to minutes. Secure document transfer and remote interrogations will reduce time and costs of investigations and the impact on the efficiency of the judicial systems will be considerable.

Return on investment

Return on investment: Not applicable / Not available

Lessons learnt

Cross-border judicial cooperation can be improved in a relevant way through ICT support. Investigating magistrates will use the judicial collaboration platform both for exchanging documents, but mostly in all communication that take place during the establishment of the joint activities and the fulfillment of the cooperation requests. The lesson learned from the case can be summarized as follows: 1) judicial cooperation can be implemented in a secure way by integrating state-of-the-art technologies. 2) judicial cooperation activities will become fully traceable by the judicial system 3) the integration on investigation teams, liaison magistrates and in perspective embassies will create new synergies between judicial actors 4) legislation in force do not need to be updated. Scope: International, National