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Enhanced Statistical Data of Justice Open to the Public (GR0052)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Greece National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Directorate of Strategic Planning, the Organization and the Functioning of Justice, Department of Strategic Planning and the Evaluation of Policies of Justice

Support Institution(s): - Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), - judges and administrative judicial staff, - Federal Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Austria

Policy Areas

E-Government, Judiciary, Justice, Records Management

IRM Review

IRM Report: Greece End-of-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Context The Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights (MoJTHR) has been using an electronic application for gathering statistical data directly from all the civil and criminal courts of the country since 2012. The aforementioned data, which was collected every three (3) months, concern the personnel working in the courts (judges and administrative judicial staff) and the case flow: pending cases at the beginning of a reporting period, incoming cases, solved cases and cases pending at the end of the same reporting period. This data is available on the website of the Ministry in Greek for the years beginning in 2012 until 2015 (including 2015). Commitment description In 2016 the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights set up a Working Group to redesign the templates for the judicial data on the civil and criminal procedure for the interim period from the beginning of 2016 until the complete roll out of the Integrated Civil and Criminal Court Case Management System (ΟSDDY-PP). The new templates have taken into account: a) recent legislative developments (the new Code of Civil Procedure put in effect on January 1st 2016) b) national and international statistical needs c) the needs of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) d) the knowledge and experience on judicial procedures of the judges and administrative judicial staff who participated in the Working Group e) principles from the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the CoE f) expertise from the project of Technical Assistance on ‘’the Reform of the Greek Judicial System” coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Austria The Department of Strategic Planning and the Evaluation of Policies of Justice of the Hellenic Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights sent out on 30-6-2016 the new statistical templates to the civil and criminal courts of the country. OGP Values The proposed commitment is relevant to the advancement of: - access to public information, - transparency and - accountability Implementing bodies Lead agency: Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Directorate of Strategic Planning, the Organization and the Functioning of Justice, Department of Strategic Planning and the Evaluation of Policies of Justice (tel. ++30 210 7767 204) Other involved actors: - Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), - judges and administrative judicial staff, - Federal Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Austria Objectives - to simplify and unify the former complicated and overlapping statistical requests to the courts by the MoJTHR and ELSTAT, - to monitor the case flow in the Greek courts for the interim period from the beginning of 2016 until complete roll out of the Integrated Civil and Criminal Court Case Management System (ΟSDDY-PP), - to make the statistical data gathered accessible to citizens and members of legal professions, - to provide, through consistent and reliable data, the managerial tools to policy makers to make sound decisions on staff, work and resources’ allocation Means of implementation of the commitment The commitment shall be implemented internally by the implementing bodies.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Commitment 21 and 22: Commitments on Justice

Commitment 21: Provision of open data for Justice

Administrative Justice: Case-law database which includes anonymized decisions of the Administrative Courts of the country, accessible to all interested parties through the portal http://www.adjustice.gr. Court of Audit: Legal database of Court of Audit with anonymized content, accessible to all interested parties through the portal http://www.elsyn.gr. Civil and Criminal Justice: For the civil and criminal courts in appellate regions of Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki and Chalkida and the Supreme Court:

  • Access of the citizen and of the legal professions to the information handled by these courts for their convenience during the monitoring of civil or criminal proceedings through a central portal;
  • Availability of the system information among the public bodies with ex officio research for citizens’ convenience and their exception from the process of issuing certifications according to the existing institutional framework;
  • Issuance of certificates upon citizens’ request with an automated manner and immediate response time with the minimum possible burden of court services through a central portal;
  • Interoperability with bodies. In the country’s Courts of First Instance, Courts of Appeal and District Courts, electronic submission/monitoring the progress of the application for receiving copies of minutes of meetings and receiving them through a central portal

Responsible institution: Justice, Transparency and Human Rights;

Supporting institution(s): None

Start date: July 2016 End date: June 2018

Commitment 22: Enhanced statistical data of justice open to the public

In 2016 the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights set up a Working Group to redesign the templates for the judicial data on the civil and criminal procedure for the interim period from the beginning of 2016 until the complete roll out of the Integrated Civil and Criminal Court Case Management System (ΟSDDY-PP). The new templates have taken into account:

  • a) recent legislative developments (the new Code of Civil Procedure put in effect on January 1st 2016)
  • b) national and international statistical needs
  • c) the needs of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT)
  • d) the knowledge and experience on judicial procedures of the judges and administrative judicial staff who participated in the Working Group
  • e) principles from the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the CoE
  • f) expertise from the project of Technical Assistance on 'the Reform of the Greek Judicial System' coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Austria The Department of Strategic Planning and the Evaluation of Policies of Justice of the Hellenic Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights sent out on 30-6-2016 the new statistical templates to the civil and criminal courts of the country.

Responsible institution: Justice, Transparency and Human Rights

Supporting institution(s): None

Start date: July 2016 End date: September 2016

Editorial Note: The action plan text has been abridged by the IRM. For the full version, please see https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/greece-national-action-plan-2016-2018/

Commitment Aim:

Commitment 21. Provision of open data for Justice

The Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights (MoJTHR), using National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) funding and additional EU technical assistance,[Note 180: Terms of reference for technical assistance to the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights,

 http://www.ministryofjustice.gr/site/Portals/0/uploaded_files/uploaded_25/1B.%20ICT_expert_applications_ToR_Sep-Oct%202017.doc] has developed several online portals where citizens and legal professionals can access civil and criminal decisions of the Supreme Court,[Note 181: Supreme Civil and Criminal Court of Greece, http://www.areiospagos.gr/] administrative courts,[Note 182: Council of State – Case Law Search, https://goo.gl/oejeyh] and can submit various judicial requests electronically.[Note 183: National Criminal Records Portal, http://www.ncris.gov.gr; and Piraeus Court of First Instance, http://www.protodikeio-peir.gr  ] Commitments under this theme are implemented in the context of the ongoing development of integrated case management systems for administrative, civil and criminal court cases which began in 2014 (Integrated Civil and Criminal Court Case Management System OSDDY/PP[Note 184: Integrated System for Penal and Civil Case Management (OSDDY/PP), http://www.solon.gov.gr] and Integrated Administrative Court Case Management System; OSDDY/DD).[Note 185: Integrated System for Administrative Case Management (OSDDY/DD), https://goo.gl/1CCQyz] The stated aim was to expand on these efforts by publishing information for administrative, civil court cases as well as improving the open availability of statistical judicial data.

Commitment 22. Enhanced statistical data of justice open to the public

The Ministry of Justice has been using a custom-made software application to gather statistical data from all the civil and criminal courts of the country since 2012. This is in effect a web form for collecting data, some of which is released at quarterly intervals on the Ministry’s website.[Note 186: Ministry of Justice statistical datasets, https://goo.gl/4kZv4o and https://goo.gl/R8bZei] This commitment aimed to simplify statistical data collection and allow case load information to be collected in near real time. Once complete, the system would assist in making the statistical data accessible to citizens and members of legal professions. It would also help provide consistent, reliable data to policymakers to make sound decisions on resource allocation. The commitment remained unclear on which court data the public would have access to (e.g. full decisions, court transcripts, court efficiency information) or if this would be used to inform managerial decisions.

Status

Commitment 21. Provision of open data for Justice

Midterm: Substantial

By the middle of the action plan implementation period, the Ministry of Justice had provided access to court decisions to those citizens with specific legal interest. The Court of Audit also provided access to selected anonymized judgments of the Court. The online portal for the Administrative Courts also gave direct access to anonymized case law of the Administrative Courts.[Note 187: Council of State, http://www.adjustice.gr] Additionally, civil court decision text and transcripts became available to parties with legal interest on a case.[Note 188: Integrated Court Transcripts System, https://www.ospd.gr/] Although access was not comprehensive, this was the first time such decisions were made available in digital form without requiring prior explicit Ministry consent. For more information, please see the 2016-2018 midterm IRM report on the Greek action plan.[Note 189: OGP, “Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) Progress Report 2016–2018: Greece”, https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/greece-mid-term-report-2016-2018-public-comment]


End of term: Substantial


The Ministry of Justice continued updating the relevant portals and websites with new decisions. The anonymization procedure concerning judicial decisions was modified to be compliant with the EU GDPR directive. The Ministry states that this data is already being used by the most important stakeholders (judges, lawyers, clerks, employees, journalists, academics) and has significantly impacted transparency but no official usage statistics were released.[Note 190: Maria Toula, E-Government Department, Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, written answers to IRM researcher interview questions, 25 September 2018.]

Did It Open Government?

Commitment 21. Provision of open data for Justice

Access to Information: Marginal

Before the creation of these web portals, access to Ministry of Justice information was severely limited, being available only to stakeholders directly connected to each case or procedure. Since the implementation of this commitment, web portals have been updated with civil court decisions and transcripts. However, as information is still limited and there are no official usage statistics the changes remain marginal in terms of access to information.

Commitment 22. Enhanced statistical data of justice open to the public

Midterm: Limited

At midterm evaluation the IT systems (OSDDY/PP, OSDDY/DD) necessary for providing statistical information on court decisions were only available at specific courts in six Greek cities. OSDDY/PP system adoption, especially, was an issue among Greek judges and court clerks and the corresponding statistical information had not been made available. The Ministry, in trying to address the problem, had attempted to provide additional training for the systems.[Note 191: Ibid.] Up to date, statistical information regarding case load and types of decisions, were not widely available.[Note 192: Court of Audit Statistics, https://www.elsyn.gr/el/statistika-stoixeia]

End of term: Limited

The Ministry continued publishing court-related statistical data on its main website via amended collection templates.[Note 193: Ministry of Justice statistical datasets, https://goo.gl/4kZv4o and https://goo.gl/R8bZei] The Ministry is still largely relying on its older methods that were already in place before the adoption of the present commitment to collect statistical information.[Note 194: Maria Toula, E-Government Department, Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, written answers to IRM researcher interview questions, 25 September 2018.] No statistical data is yet publicly available through the OSDDY/PP system.[Note 195: Integrated System for Penal and Civil Case Management (OSDDY/PP) statistics (in Greek), https://goo.gl/nCvKNA] Despite the Ministry’s support efforts, problems with IT system adoption continued, with court clerks requesting a transitional period for introducing the systems, as well as more training, which hampered the ability to produce reliable statistical information directly from these systems.[Note 196: Athens Court Clerks Union communique to the Minister of Justice, “Problems with OSDDY/PP”, https://www.sdya.gr/osddy-pp/]

Did It Open Government?

Commitment 22. Enhanced statistical data of justice open to the public

Access to Information: Did Not Change

For both commitments, access to the relevant information is tied to the completion and adoption of complex IT systems which are accompanied by significant resistance to change issues.[Note 197: Deligiannis, Athanasios P., and Dimosthenis Anagnostopoulos. "Towards Open Justice: ICT Acceptance in the Greek Justice System the Case of the Integrated Court Management System for Penal and Civil Procedures (OSDDY/PP)." E-Democracy and Open Government (CeDEM), 2017 Conference for. IEEE, 2017.] Since only a few courts have implemented these systems, impact is limited and there have been no changes in opening government so far.

Carried Forward?

The Ministry of Justice gave no clear indication to the IRM researchers that there are plans to carry these commitments forward to a next action plan.[Note 198: Maria Toula, E-Government Department, Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, written answers to IRM researcher interview questions, 25 September 2018.] The Ministry has entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media to use NSRF funds to expand the OSDDY/DD and OSDDY/PP systems to all courts in Greece. The system will also be upgraded to become interoperable with EU systems. The existing system for court transcripts will also be upgraded to support real time publication and direct citizen access via mobile and web applications.[Note 199: Cooperation Agreement between Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Digital Policy on the modernization of the judicial process using digital technologies, https://goo.gl/aRNDWy]




Commitments

  1. Open Education Data

    GR0065, 2019, E-Government

  2. Open Rural Development Data

    GR0066, 2019, E-Government

  3. Open Immigration Data

    GR0067, 2019, Citizenship and Immigration

  4. Open National Defense Data

    GR0068, 2019, E-Government

  5. Open Ministry of Interior Data

    GR0069, 2019, E-Government

  6. Open Administrative Reconstruction Data

    GR0070, 2019, E-Government

  7. Open Economic Data

    GR0071, 2019, E-Government

  8. Open Local Government Data

    GR0072, 2019, E-Government

  9. Open Justice Data

    GR0073, 2019, E-Government

  10. Open Environmental Data

    GR0074, 2019, E-Government

  11. Open Culture and Sports Data

    GR0075, 2019, E-Government

  12. Framework Law on Open & Participative Governance

    GR0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Participation in the Assessment of the Public Sector

    GR0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Publicity of Organisational Charts & Entities of the Public Sector

    GR0033, 2016, E-Government

  15. Accountability and Settlement of Disputes Between the Citizens and the Public Sector

    GR0034, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  16. Guide and Standardization for the Provision of Services & for Procedures Per Service/Entity

    GR0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Improvement of the Open Deliberation Procedure

    GR0036, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. National Register of Line Managers of the Public Administration (Register)

    GR0037, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Implementation of the Assessment of Employees and Services and Control Methods

    GR0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Implementation of a System for the Selection of Managers

    GR0039, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Digital Repository for Pubic Administration Studies

    GR0040, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. Provision of Open Cultural Data

    GR0041, 2016, E-Government

  23. Geospatial Maritime Data

    GR0042, 2016, E-Government

  24. Ship/Company and Seafarer Registers

    GR0043, 2016, E-Government

  25. Marine and Maritime Activity

    GR0044, 2016, E-Government

  26. Starred commitment Public Property Open Data

    GR0045, 2016, E-Government

  27. KPI’s for the Implementation of Public and EU Financed Projects

    GR0046, 2016, E-Government

  28. Data and Statistics for Greek National Exams

    GR0047, 2016, E-Government

  29. Protocol Digitization

    GR0048, 2016, E-Government

  30. Informative Actions on Open Data for Young People in Secondary and Higher Education

    GR0049, 2016, Education

  31. Open Education

    GR0050, 2016, Capacity Building

  32. Provision of Open Data for Justice

    GR0051, 2016, E-Government

  33. Enhanced Statistical Data of Justice Open to the Public

    GR0052, 2016, E-Government

  34. Open Provision of Geo-Data

    GR0053, 2016, E-Government

  35. Open-Participatory Budget

    GR0054, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  36. Regional Council Platform (Open Regional Council)

    GR0055, 2016, E-Government

  37. Open - Participatory Budget

    GR0056, 2016, E-Government

  38. Capture and Evaluation Platform for Regional Technical Projects

    GR0057, 2016, E-Government

  39. City Dashboard

    GR0058, 2016, E-Government

  40. Online Consultation Platform

    GR0059, 2016, E-Government

  41. Open Data Index for Cities and Local Administrations

    GR0060, 2016, E-Government

  42. Linked, Open and Participatory Budgets

    GR0061, 2016, E-Government

  43. School of Data for Public Servants

    GR0062, 2016, Capacity Building

  44. The Collaborative Wikification of Public Services Procedures

    GR0063, 2016, Capacity Building

  45. Strengthening Openness and Accessibility of the Parliament

    GR0064, 2016, Capacity Building

  46. Institutional and Technological Upgrading of Transparency Program

    GR0012, 2014, E-Government

  47. Public Participation in Decision Making

    GR0013, 2014, Capacity Building

  48. Integration of PSI Directive on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information

    GR0014, 2014, E-Government

  49. Regulatory Amendments for the Management and Provision of Open Data

    GR0015, 2014, Capacity Building

  50. Implementation of Platform for Central Distribution of Public Open Data

    GR0016, 2014, E-Government

  51. Provision of Open Geospatial Data

    GR0017, 2014, E-Government

  52. Provision of Open Cultural Data

    GR0018, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  53. Provision of Open Data for Offshore Companies

    GR0019, 2014, E-Government

  54. Open Provision of Public Sector Critical Data Sets

    GR0020, 2014, E-Government

  55. Open Invitations for Filling Posts in the Public Sector

    GR0021, 2014, E-Government

  56. Public Administration Organizational Chart Publication

    GR0022, 2014, Capacity Building

  57. Coordination and Monitoring of Open Government Policy

    GR0023, 2014, Audits and Controls

  58. Reorganization of Inspectorate Bodies and Strategic Alliance Development Against Corruption

    GR0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  59. Tracking Changes on Bills (From Submission to Voting by Plenum)

    GR0025, 2014, E-Government

  60. Usability and Functionality Improvements of the ‘Parliamentary Transparency’ Section of the Hellenic Parliament Website

    GR0026, 2014, E-Government

  61. Improvement of the Hellenic Parliament Website and Implementation of New Standards-Technologies

    GR0027, 2014, E-Government

  62. Provision of Historical Parliamentary Documents to the Public

    GR0028, 2014, E-Government

  63. Enhancement of Social Media Policy in the Hellenic Parliament

    GR0029, 2014, E-Government

  64. On Line Provision of Exhibitions

    GR0030, 2014, Capacity Building

  65. Increase Number of Legislative Acts Going Through Online Deliberation

    GR0001, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  66. Capitalize on Citizen Comments and Suggestions

    GR0002, 2012, Public Participation

  67. Operate Central e-Procurement Information System

    GR0003, 2012, E-Government

  68. Operate Central ERP Information System

    GR0004, 2012, E-Government

  69. Operate Central HRMS Information System

    GR0005, 2012, E-Government

  70. Open Data Regarding Prices, as Collected by Prices Observatory

    GR0006, 2012, Open Data

  71. Resolve Legal Issues Regarding State Geo-Data

    GR0007, 2012, Land & Spatial Planning

  72. Offer Additional Taxation Data

    GR0008, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  73. Augment Functionality of the Transparency Program

    GR0009, 2012, E-Government

  74. Publicise Public Sector Procurement Information

    GR0010, 2012, E-Government

  75. Enable Open, Transparent and Safeguarded Document Circulation

    GR0011, 2012, E-Government