Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Tablet computers in the Environment Court improve efficiency

Hon Chester Borrows
Minister for Courts

11 December 2012 Media Statement
Tablet computers in the Environment Court improve efficiency

Two recent trials of tablet computers in courts have yet again demonstrated the potential of new technology to improve court efficiency, says Courts Minister Chester Borrows.

The most recent trial – an Environment Court hearing to consider a proposed coal mine on the Denniston Plateau – is currently nearing completion.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve, modernise and make our courts more efficient. Using tablets, such as iPads, instead of volumes of paper is a perfect example of this in action,” says Mr Borrows.

Putting documents on tablets allow judges to quickly search through case material during the trial, as well as enabling electronic note taking, making transport of information easier and allowing judges to access the internet. Hearings are also completed faster, with reduced costs for all participants.

“Court hearings, especially those in the Environment Court traditionally involve a large amount of paper. By loading documentation onto tablets we can reduce hearing times, have less impact on the environment and use technological advances to their full potential.”

As well as the Environment Court, tablets are also being trialled by the Waitangi Tribunal.

“The Waitangi Tribunal also uses a lot of paper. A recent hearing held in Te Kuiti in early November saw the first move towards using tablets in the Tribunal.”

“Four out of the five tribunal members opted to use only their tablets for the entire week and never once reverted back to the paper-based system.
“I understand the technology worked very well by enabling members to connect to the Department of Internal Affairs’ shared workspace and they had full access to over 600 documents during the hearing. This enabled a faster more efficient process and saved almost 40,000 pieces of paper.

“I commend the Environment Court and the Waitangi Tribunal for trialling this novel initiative and look forward to receiving feedback from those involved.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

AMA: Scoop's 'Invisible Paywall'

Operation Chrysalis: The Final Countdown - Thanks & There's Still Time To Pledge

Phew! We are now counting down the hours to the end of this crowd-funding campaign at 11pm on Sunday. Thankyou to all those Scoop readers and supporters who have pledged already. You have been awesome. But this is not over yet. More>>

 
 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news