ELI Digitalisation of Civil Justice Systems in Europe

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Project Type: Principles
Procedure: Regular
Adopted: February 2023 (CD 2023/6)
Project Period: March 2023–January 2025


An overview of past and upcoming events of this project is available here.


The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of digital communication. The need for digitalisation of justice is self-evident in an increasingly digitalised society. Advantages for justice include easier access to legal proceedings and relevant legal information for citizens and more efficient work processes for judges and lawyers. In the past decade governments have invested in digitalising justice, but the level of digitalisation differs from country to country and within the EU. There is significant room for improvement, but matching technology to legal needs, including protection of fundamental rights, is complex.



The primary purpose of the project is to provide an overarching framework to improve the use of digital technology in the judiciary. It will bundle dispersed knowledge and research, and facilitate digitalising civil justice systems while securing fundamental values of civil procedure. 



The project aims to produce a set of principles, deriving fundamental rights from Article 6(1) ECHR and Article 47 of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights, and largely based on the ELI-UNIDROIT Model European Rules of Civil Procedure and on existing studies of digitalisation of justice systems.

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