EU Topic - E-Justice

Facilitating access to the law: e-justice

Approximately 10 million people are currently concerned by a cross-border civil procedure and this number is likely to increase further. Yet, faced with these situations, European citizens often lack information and find themselves confronted with complicated procedures. This is why the European institutions have undertaken extensive work to develop the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) at European level in areas of justice, for example by creating a European e-justice portal giving access to a wide range of information on justice in Europe.

These technologies facilitate access to justice. They help rationalise and simplify judicial procedures. They also enable procedural deadlines and operational costs to be reduced for the benefit of citizens, businesses, legal practitioners and justice administration.

The CNUE plays a major role in the development of e-justice. It has already successfully implemented the European Notarial Network and the European Network of Registers of Wills. The CNUE is currently working on the creation of a verification platform for electronic signatures called ‘Bartolus’. Finally, the CNUE also participates in the European e-CODEX project (www.e-codex.eu) that aims to make access to justice in Europe easier thanks to electronic procedures.

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