The press conference was intended to present the state of progress in this field. The Ministers explained that since the presentation of the Special Plan for Digital Justice, i.e. about 200 days before, 95 % of the Italian judicial authorities (451) have been complying with the Plan, while the remaining 26 were preparing for their participation. Among those participating are 157 of the 165 ordinary courts, covering 59 million citizens, i.e. 98 % of the Italian population. As for solicitors and barristers, 136 bar associations out of 165 transmitted the basic information which is needed for launching the new procedures provided for in the Special Plan.
The Special Plan for Digital Justice is structured around three intervention areas, namely: digitisation of official documents, online notifications and ePayments. In each of these intervention areas, dedicated measures for the adjustment of the material and technology, the migration of old systems to new ones and change management have been defined that must be implemented within each and every authority. Other implementation measures include the training of staff and technical assistance for the deployment of new tasks.
The first three lots of the Special Plan involved 181 authorities who had received approx 1 000 scanners (massive for the A3 format, vertical for the A4 format), 1 000 eSignature readers and 1 000 PCs. The Ministers announced at the press conference that more authorities would receive material by the end of October 2011; in total the authorities will receive over 14 000 pieces of hardware.
Based on this positive feedback, it has been decided that in the following months the number of authorities involved in the implementation of the Special Plan would be increased: apart from the 477 authorities targeted so far, 165 Offices for Notifications, Executions and Protests and 28 Monitoring Offices will join. This would take the number of involved authorities to 670.
These successful results made it possible to speed up the implementation timeframe of the Special Plan, from one year initially to 9 months only.
The audience was reminded that the website of both ministries feature a section dedicated to the Special Plan which enables users to check the implementation status of the planned actions and to find out about the results reached. In addition, legal and technical regulations can also be found online together with the relating documentation for judicial authorities, a list of the eServices already operational and the ways of accessing them for professionals and citizens alike. Lastly, a free phone number and a contact email address have been made available in order to provide answers and clear doubts.
The digitisation of the Italian Justice is among the priority objectives of the national eGovernment Plan 2012 (eGov Plan 2012) of December 2008. Innovation measures were defined afterwards and carried out following the signature of memoranda of understanding between the two ministries and courts of appeal, first instance courts and public prosecution offices, and on 14 March 2011 both ministries presented their common agreement to capitalise on achievements and experience, and they launched the Special Plan for the Digitisation of Justice.