“A shambolic day for youth justice at Bromley YC. Still sitting, still waiting for 3 young people in custody to have their cases heard and at least another 4 on bail who have been here all day” @melstooks.
“It is also the new case management system that takes so long for the legal advisor to complete on each case, which increases the delay” @Lazywheeler
This twitter exchange about how delays can be exacerbated by new computer processes prompted this week’s blog which is just a call for you to read another article. I was already a huge fan of Atul Gawande, whose book Being Mortal is a searing critique of how we approach and treat old people. Atul wrote recently about the impact of computers on the work of doctors like himself working for PartnersHealthcare in New England. His article is a brilliant long read about the challenges of introducing new software for storing, updating and accessing the case notes of patients.
I’ve a few thoughts on the implications for the government’s digital court reform programme, and in particular for judges and legal advisors who may be pressured to input data during court hearings and/or to operate video systems:
I urge you to read the article itself and want to thank Julian Le Vay for drawing my attention to it.