The Legal Aid Agency has published information about the Crown Court Digital Case System (DCS), which is being rolled-out nationally next year. It includes details of how practitioners can access online training necessary to enable them to use the system.

The DCS is an online system which reduces the amount of paper flowing through the criminal justice system. Case material can be accessed, prepared and presented digitally by the judge, clerk, defence, prosecution and probation. The prosecution, defence and HMCTS are all able to upload information into the software. Court users working digitally are able to access, navigate, annotate, and present their case.

The DCS is currently being used in:

  • Leeds
  • Southwark
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Isleworth
  • Woolwich
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • Reading
  • Portsmouth

National rollout will dovetail with the Better Case Management (BCM) initiative, which is introducing new processes to deliver speedier justice.

The aim is for all hearings to be conducted using DCS with local areas agreeing a start date of no later than 31 March 2016.