Digital Justice and Policing 2021 is the must-attend annual conference for digital leaders driving transformational change within their organisation and on the frontline of justice and policing services

For joining instructions and technical assistance, please see 'Virtual Platform' tab top of the page

Delivering Essential Services in a Crisis
With input from government, criminal justice partners and industry this full-day virtual conference will be an opportunity to learn the lessons of lockdown, and build consensus for the future of digital justice services in Scotland. In a response to the pandemic, centuries old systems have been radically altered and technology has helped deliver a range of Covid-secure services. Join our experts from the Courts, Government, Police and Victims' groups to hear how the 'recover, renew and transform' approach is embedding itself as part of a tech-led response to an unprecedented public health crisis. 

The Effect on Justice Programmes
We will track the progress of existing transformation programmes, many of which have been rapidly accelerated, and what is needed to achieve the technological and cultural change necessary to build on service adaptations realised during lockdown, improving the experience for users throughout the justice system in Scotland.

Why Attend

  • Join government leaders as they communicate the objectives of 'recover, renew and transform', a technology-led criminal justice response to Covid-19.
  • Understand what the pandemic means for key data sharing projects such as the intra-agency Digital Evidence Sharing Capability (DESC).
  • Build your knowledge of a technology ecosystem that has helped police deliver vital services through Covid-19 and beyond.
  • Get the latest policy information and guidance on how technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and facial recognition are starting to change the face of community safety approaches.
  • Review the opportunities that virtual courts have created for technology to play an increasing role in modernising justice.

Join a forum for the latest digital and data thinking made at the highest national level from Scotland

               Key Conference themes include

  • Data sharing, protection and infrastructure, collecting data and preventing digital exclusion 
  • Enhanced service provision between the principal justice agencies in Scotland
  • Secure management and digital media sharing as part of investigations and prosecutions
  • Data innovation - the impact of artificial intelligence, analytics and the ethics of systems designed to prevent crime such as 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
  • Transitioning to online courts. What are the priorities for delivering justice through virtual courtrooms
  • The impact of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and asynchronous processes 
  • The future of remote jury trials.

Virtual experience
We invite you to join us on an exciting, dynamic and engaging new virtual platform which will provide an unrivalled delegate experience. 

This year, we are going virtual, but our conference objectives remain the same: to bring about meaningful change in the way public services are designed and delivered, by connecting stakeholders in open forums where new ideas can be exchanged and discussed.

FutureScot have chosen the EICC MiE Live virtual platform to deliver this year’s Digital Justice and Policing Conference. Simply, when we return to running live conferences, we will do so at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). 

Returning to live and hybrid conferences
In the interim if Government guidance allows, we can deliver conferences in a hybrid format with the number of delegates being dictated by distancing guidance.

Getting it right first time. The major reason for online conferences not being successful for delegates is the lack of event management and briefing of speakers and exhibitors. 

The wrap round support that FutureScot and The EICC offer our partners is unrivalled. As a valued sponsor when you sign up you will be allocated an event manager who will take your hand and walk you through every aspect of the conference.

The must attend event of the year
Our delegates consist of senior digital transformation executives from Scotland’s justice partners including Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service. Police Scotland and the Scottish Government and local authorities, senior representatives from the Law Society of Scotland, third sector and campaign groups and a wide range of policymakers and stakeholders.

You can see a sample of previous attendees below:


Senior Auditor, Audit Scotland
Sector Manager (Criminal Justice), City of Edinburgh Council
Policy Development Lead, Community Justice Scotland
Learning Development and Innovation Lead, Community Justice Scotland
Head of Enterprise Solutions, COPFS
Programme Director, COPFS
Head of IT, Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service
Head of IT Operations, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
Information Technology Division, Crown Office Procurator Fiscal
Team Manager - Justice Services, East Ayrshire Council
Team Leader, East Lothian Council
Information and System Development Officer, Falkirk Council
Criminal Justice Social Worker, Glasgow City Council
Community Justice Manager, Midlothian Council
Digital and Security Programme Manager, NHS National Services Scotland
Head of Planning, Performance & Business Support, NHS NSS Central Legal Office
Head of Strategy and Innovation, Police Scotland
Superintendent, Police Scotland
Police Scotland transformation project manager, Police Scotland
Detective Inspector, Police Scotland
Senior Project Manager, Police Scotland
Director of Change, Police Scotland


Chief Inspector (Digitally Enabled Policing Programme), Police Scotland
IT Security & Resilience Manager, Scottish Courts
Programme Manager, Scottish Courts and Tribunal Services
DESC Assurance Lead, Justice Digital, Scottish Government
Criminal Justice - Transformation Manager, Scottish Government
Criminal Justice Strategy Manager, Scottish Government
Criminal Justice Strategy and Digital Transformation Manager, Scottish Government Justice Directorate
Head of Information Systems, Scottish Legal Aid Board
Head of ICT, Scottish Prison Service
IT Director, SCTS
Justice Digital, DESC Project Lead, The Scottish Government
Deputy Director Criminal Justice, The Scottish Government
Director, University of Dundee
Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Strathclyde
Team Manager, Angus Criminal Justice Services
Chief Data Officer, Police Scotland
Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Police Scotland
Head of Transformation, Police Scotland
Head of cybercrime, Police Scotland
Information Security Manager, Police Scotland
Cybercrime Analyst, Police Scotland
Head of Applications and Development, Police Scotland
Justice Team Leader, Scottish Borders Council
Head of Infrastructure, Scottish Courts


'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 

 Confirmed 2021 Speakers