Technology Innovation Fund boosts Victorian Magistrates Court ICT capabilities

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Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips today announced grant funding for the development and trial of an innovative digital solution which connects citizens, judges and court administrators into a networked mobile triage service.

Funded by the Victorian Government Technology Innovation Fund, the digital Court Triage Service will allow the workflow system in court to be visible in real-time via tablets and display screens, and allow users to connect to proceedings through their smartphones.

It will reduce waiting times, decrease the stress and uncertainty for people attending court, improve court efficiency and reduce costs.

“The current paper-based system can be inefficient and costly, while delays in court hearings are a challenge for Magistrates’ Courts,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“This project will develop a new mobile solution that streamlines case management and provides improved transparency around the status of a hearing. It is an excellent example of how collaboration with Victoria’s vibrant ICT industry can stimulate innovative new solutions to improve the delivery of government services.”

The project will be led by Portable Studios in conjunction with the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Collingwood.

The Victorian Coalition Government’s $12 million Victorian Government Technology Innovation Fund that was launched in December last year, supports collaborative ICT-enabled pilot projects and trials that transform delivery of government services and boosts public sector productivity.

The Fund is focused on projects that take a staged approach to development and implementation and harness industry capabilities. It delivers on key initiatives of Victoria’s Technology Plan for the Future and the Victorian Government ICT Strategy.

Media contact: Andrew Drever  0409 580 996 
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