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Law via the internet: free access to law and judicial decisions; solutions and challenges from a Belgian viewpoint

Hans Van Bossuyt and Bertel De Groote UGent (2010) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIABILITY AND SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY. 3(4). p.269-281
abstract
Public authorities have an important role in guaranteeing a broad and easy access to an objective and representative selection of judicial decisions. In this regard information and communication technology has a facilitating role. Belgian legislation therefore developed a regulatory framework to sustain the electronic availability of court decisions through the portal of the Belgian judiciary. In its analysis, the paper draws attention to the regulatory framework, to privacy concerns that are related to the online publication and to the structure of the database itself. The last mainly concerns the module that enables consultation as well as the module for the decentralised input of decisions. Accessibility of judicial decisions can also be enhanced by standardising the drafting process and thereby enabling an optimal use of information and communication technology. This paper develops arguments regarding the opportunities, for instance in view of facilitating electronic publication and enhancing accessibility, and challenges in this regard. They focus moreover on the question of whether standardisation could endanger a judge's independence, how it could facilitate the 'drafting' as a business process and how labelled information facilitates its interconnection.
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  abstract     = {Public authorities have an important role in guaranteeing a broad and easy access to an objective and representative selection of judicial decisions. In this regard information and communication technology has a facilitating role. Belgian legislation therefore developed a regulatory framework to sustain the electronic availability of court decisions through the portal of the Belgian judiciary. In its analysis, the paper draws attention to the regulatory framework, to privacy concerns that are related to the online publication and to the structure of the database itself. The last mainly concerns the module that enables consultation as well as the module for the decentralised input of decisions. Accessibility of judicial decisions can also be enhanced by standardising the drafting process and thereby enabling an optimal use of information and communication technology. This paper develops arguments regarding the opportunities, for instance in view of facilitating electronic publication and enhancing accessibility, and challenges in this regard. They focus moreover on the question of whether standardisation could endanger a judge's independence, how it could facilitate the 'drafting' as a business process and how labelled information facilitates its interconnection.},
  author       = {Van Bossuyt, Hans  and De Groote, Bertel},
  issn         = {1741-6426},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIABILITY AND SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY},
  keyword      = {drafting,judges,enhanced accessibility,decentralised input,consultation,modules,databases,online publications,privacy,judiciary,portals,regulatory frameworks,communications technology,information technology,ICT,legislation,public authorities,Belgium,judgments,judicial decisions,world wide web,internet,law courts,standardisation,free access,electronic justice,legal information,e-justice,Federal Ministry of Justice,government departments,case law,judgements,business processes,independence,interconnections,Juridat,Phenix-I Law},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {269--281},
  title        = {Law via the internet: free access to law and judicial decisions; solutions and challenges from a Belgian viewpoint},
  url          = {https://inderscience.metapress.com/content/y38m6605174531q8/resource-secured/?target=fulltext.pdf},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Van Bossuyt, Hans , and Bertel De Groote. 2010. “Law via the Internet: Free Access to Law and Judicial Decisions; Solutions and Challenges from a Belgian Viewpoint.” International Journal of Liability and Scientific Enquiry 3 (4): 269–281.
APA
Van Bossuyt, H., & De Groote, B. (2010). Law via the internet: free access to law and judicial decisions; solutions and challenges from a Belgian viewpoint. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIABILITY AND SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY, 3(4), 269–281.
Vancouver
1.
Van Bossuyt H, De Groote B. Law via the internet: free access to law and judicial decisions; solutions and challenges from a Belgian viewpoint. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIABILITY AND SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY. 2010;3(4):269–81.
MLA
Van Bossuyt, Hans , and Bertel De Groote. “Law via the Internet: Free Access to Law and Judicial Decisions; Solutions and Challenges from a Belgian Viewpoint.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIABILITY AND SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY 3.4 (2010): 269–281. Print.