Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ

On 7 and 8 April 2021, IRZ organised an online seminar in partnership with the Judicial Court of Jordan, the Judicial Institute of Jordan and the Supreme Administrative Court of Jordan. This was a popular event, with fifty or so representatives from administrative jurisdiction in Jordan and judges from various local courts and courts of appeal participating. The high level of interest in the event was due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the justice system.

The following issues were explained and lively discussed in detail:

  • Digitalisation processes in jurisdiction and virtual court cases in Jordan and Germany
  • The hurdles, challenges and benefits for jurisdiction of virtual court cases
  • Practical experiences and knowledge of video technology in court cases in Jordan and Germany
  • Technical, financial and organisational issues with digitalisation processes in jurisdiction

The discussions revealed that both countries could learn a great deal from one another and were facing similar challenges. Digitalisation in the justice system is an ongoing process, which is still a long way from completion. This process benefits from the exchange of experiences between different jurisdictions and legal systems.

The IRZ experts taking part in the conference were Dr. Volker Herbolsheimer, a judge at the Administrative Court of Gelsenkirchen, and Dr. Oliver Kahlert, a judge at the Higher Social Court (Landessozialgericht) and in charge of the IT department at the Ministry of Justice for North Rhine-Westphalia.

In view of the high level of interest in the seminar topics, IRZ plans to continue and intensify its cooperation in this area

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) financed the seminar as part of its institutional funding.