During the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been many challenges across the justice sector and wider public services. A collaborative approach between Government and Criminal Justice Partners has seen an acceleration in the drive to support and enable digital transformation to create a Scottish justice system fit for the 21st century.
In a digital world, our justice systems are changing and so is what can be done using digital technology – In order to embrace innovation and use the opportunities that new digital solutions bring, we need to look beyond traditional methods and transform how we think; how we engage and how we deliver services to citizens and users.

FutureScot’s Digital Justice Conference is the annual fixture in the calendar for key stakeholders to address improvements in services to create open, transparent, accessible justice systems which respond to these changing demands.

With input from criminal justice partners, members of the legal defence community and industry - this full-day conference will be a chance to engage with key government and policing priorities that are shaping the way justice services are being transformed in Scotland.

  • Data sharing and enhanced service provision between the principal justice agencies in Scotland;
  • Data innovation - the impact of AI, analytics and the ethics of systems designed to prevent crime (Body worn cameras, data streaming, facial recognition and digital forensics);
  • Service design and skills - a user-centric approach to improving the way justice is administered;
  • Reducing cyber threats and tackling cyber enabled crime

Our goal is to bring together senior-level stakeholders across the Scottish Government; criminal justice partners; and the wider justice community in Scotland. 

Who's attending:

First remote jury centre in the UK goes live in Edinburgh
The first remote jury centre in the UK will go live on Monday with high court proceedings beamed live onto movie screens in Edinburgh. Read.

IT modernisation of Police Scotland hindered by 45% budget shortfall
A forty-five per cent budgetary shortfall is slowing the process of transformation for Police Scotland, politicians have heard. Read.

Success as Police Scotland targets online child abuse
One hundred suspects have been arrested in the past six months by Police Scotland in a crackdown on online child abuse. Read.

Lord Carloway calls for legislation to address court backlog
The Lord President, Lord Carloway, said measures proposed so far had simply been “tinkering at the edges” of a major problem. He warned that if things continued as they had been, there could be a backlog of 3,000 jury trials in the high and sheriff courts by next March. Read.

The Scottish Police Authority publish £6m tender document.
In a tender notice published this week, the authority is inviting bids from software and services suppliers to create a virtual analytics platform, acquire a metadata management product and data discovery solutions for compliance purposes. Read.


Criminals seek to exploit COVID-19 outbreak 
Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and playing on the fears of businesses and the public, Scotland’s Serious Organised Crime Taskforce has heard. Read.

Innovative thinking needed to support justice in pandemic.
All new trials across Scotland have been suspended due to the pandemic and many courts are closed, with cases before sheriffs taking place in 10 hub courts across the country. Read.

Morton Fraser has been appointed to deliver legal services to Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.
The contract was awarded through a competitive tender process and will be delivered over the next two years, with two potential one-year extensions. Read.

Policing in the digital age.
The digital revolution is profoundly changing our society, bringing challenges as well as opportunities for police forces, who need to reflect the attitudes of the communities they serve. Read.

Digital evidence sharing capability project to be ‘backbone’ of move towards greater criminal justice partner collaboration.
A new £20m project to create a shared portal for digital evidence in criminal cases is set to become the ‘backbone’ of moves towards greater collaboration between Scotland’s criminal justice partners, according to senior government officials. Read.



'For me the biggest gain came from listening to where different justice organisations, speakers and suppliers are on their digital journeys, the challenges they have and the opportunities for policy change that can be achieved through digitally enabled transformation. 

A really well organised event that provided good networking opportunities.' (FutureScot's Digital Justice Conference)

Jim Wilson, Programme Manager, Justice Digital Strategy, Scottish Government 

Covid-19 Notice

The health and wellbeing of our stakeholders are of paramount importance, we have therefore placed health and safety at the heart of all of our conference planning.
As well as continually monitoring UK and Scottish Government advice on events, we are actively engaging with key authorities and conference partners to ensure each conference is delivered in a controlled manner, in a sanitised conference venue environment managed by event industry professionals and adhering to the very latest guidance. All participants will be provided with our health and safety guidance in advance and during the conference.

 Confirmed 2020 Speakers

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