Upgrading and improving Tasmania’s justice system

Elise Archer,Attorney-General and Minister for Justice

The State Government is committed to ensuring that all Tasmanians have access to an effective and efficient justice system.

A major digital transformation of Tasmania’s justice system has taken a significant step forward with the commencement of contract negotiations with a consortium led by Fujitsu in partnership with Journal Technologies, Syscon Justice Systems and Synateq.

The $24.5 million Justice Connect project will provide a more effective and efficient end-to-end justice system for the entire State.

The new system will replace out-dated paper-based and manual processes across the courts and correctional environments that can cause delays for people interacting with the Tasmanian justice system.

This contract represents a significant investment in Tasmania’s justice system, and will be the most extensive technological innovation in the history of Tasmania’s courts and correctional environments, ensuring the integrity of information and delivering greater efficiency.

After a comprehensive consultation and evaluation process, the Fujitsu-led consortium was selected to deliver a system that will connect the Magistrates Court, the Supreme Court, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Tasmania Prison Service, Community Corrections and Victims Support Services. It will also be able to be integrated with Tasmania Police systems.

The consortium has extensive experience with similar projects across the world, ensuring Tasmania will be served by technology that meets international best-practice standards.

Fujitsu’s experience includes NSW courts, police services in every Australian jurisdiction, and many other state and federal government departments.

Journal Technologies has provided case management systems to government agencies for more than 25 years, and serve over 500 court and justice agencies globally.

Syscon has over 35 years of experience working with some of the largest and most complex corrections agencies in the world, including NSW, the UK, Canada and the USA.

The Consortium also has a Tasmanian presence, with Synateq on board to provide local support to the project. Synateq is an award winning, privately owned Tasmanian ICT business with over 20 years’ experience, including an established working relationship with Fujitsu.

Contract negotiations with the consortium will now begin, with work on the implementation of stage one expected to start in 2021.

Justice Connect is an important project for our Government and is anticipated to be fully operational in 2023.

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