Towards a Conceptual Framework for Digital Dossier Management in Criminal Proceedings

M. Apistola, M. Warnier, F. Brazier, and A. Oskamp (The Netherlands)


Legal document processing, digital dossier, criminal proceedings, agent technology, taxonomies.


The use of digital dossiers by the Public Prosecution and Courts is an example of how technology will change today's law practice. The potential has been experienced in pilot projects in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The legal, organisational and technological requirements, however, are numerous: sensitive data is acquired from distributed sources; consistency and completeness need to be guaranteed. This paper proposes a conceptual framework for digital dossier management, based on the use of dedicated software agents. To this purpose a number of underlying taxonomies are introduced: for the data, the dossier management processes, software agents and distributed environments.

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