Free database of judgments is ready after delay

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In future, it will be easier for lawyers, students, journalists and other interested parties to gain insight into judgments in the judicial system.

For Thursday, the Danish Courts has launched its new judgment database. Merethe Eckhardt, Director of Development at the Danish Courts Agency, hopes that everyone will benefit from the database.

“Those who will benefit most from it are probably the ordinary Dane who would like to follow judgments of public interest.”

“Over time, there will be many judgments in it, and over time, many more will benefit from it – also professionally,” she says.

She mentions that you will be able to use the database to look for specific previous judgments about a type of case or subject that you are interested in. According to the development director, researchers will eventually also be able to find lots of material in the database.

To begin with, a little over 100 judgments have been added to the database, so you should not expect to be able to find many old judgments. However, cases settled after the launch of the database will be added on an ongoing basis.

“They come naturally after a run-in phase, then we will get an operation up and running, and then over time there will be an ever-increasing benefit from it,” says Merethe Eckhardt.

In the beginning, the National Board of Justice will focus on getting decisions from the superior courts – the Supreme Court, the High Courts and the Maritime and Commercial Court – involved. Gradually, the database will also have more and more judgments from the city courts.

The database has been a long time coming. Originally, it should have been ready by the end of 2016.

┬╗This is partly due to the fact that digital systems are sometimes difficult to get connected. The judgment database must work with our civil system. And our civilian system was delayed. Therefore, of course, the database was also delayed, “says Merethe Eckhardt.

The supplier has also changed along the way, which has delayed the process. In 2019, Netcompany was given the task of being in charge of the database, after the National Board of Justice had chosen to withdraw from a contract with the company Schultz.

The judgments in the Judgment Database will be pseudonymised. It basically includes all personal names, so you can not see the names of convicts.

However, the names of, for example, lawyers and judges in the higher courts will be visible. In addition, indirectly personally identifiable information is pseudonymised.

Today, it costs 150 kroner to gain access to a judgment, but the database will be free to use.

The Supreme Court and the Maritime and Commercial Court already have their own decision databases. They will continue unchanged.

/ ritzau /

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