From eJustice to Open Judiciary: An Analysis of the Portuguese Experience

From eJustice to Open Judiciary: An Analysis of the Portuguese Experience

Rui Pedro Lourenço (INESCC and University of Coimbra, Portugal), Paula Fernando (University of Coimbra, Portugal) and Conceição Gomes (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0717-8.ch006
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Abstract

This chapter will consider the Portuguese context, with a relatively ‘traditional' eGovernment successful development, to analyse the way eJustice and open judiciary have progressed. The aim is to provide useful insights which may be considered in other contexts (countries), including a reflection on the factors that may account for differences in eJustice and open judiciary development when compared to eGovernment and open government achievements. eGovernment, eJustice, open government and open judiciary development processes are placed in dialogue, in order to discuss the factors that have contributed to differences and similarities in both generic eGovernment and open government and specific eJustice and open judiciary development in Portugal.
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Egovernment

Broadly defined, eGovernment refers to “the use of ICTs, and particularly the Internet, as a tool to achieve better government” (OECD, 2003). At its core, eGovernment focuses on the online delivery of government information and services (West, 2004) and seeks to improve public service efficiency and effectiveness, while taking advantage of enhanced data quality inherent to the digital world (Andersen & Henriksen, 2006).

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