The twinning project to train judges and prosecutors in Turkey has given a course on adapting the Department of Justice to the new technologies
Turkey is reforming its justice system. Among the measures being taken is the setting-up of the new regional courts of appeal, the increase of the Department of Justice’s staffing levels and the improvement of the professional skills of judges and prosecutors.
Spain is accompanying Turkey in the improvement of its Department of Justice through the twinning project “Improved efficiency of pre-service training for judges and prosecutors”, financed by the European Union and managed by FIIAPP. Under the framework of this twinning project, training in New technologies has been organised for the country’s future judges and prosecutors.
Training in technological matters is one of the key issues for the Department of Justice. The risks arising from technological changes in the 21st century represent a challenge for judicial practice and professional ethics.
The European Union has undergone numerous changes in recent years in management and organisation processes to adapt to, innovate in and develop new technologies. European regulations on Data Protection, cyberjustice, artificial intelligence and digital identity management are just some of the issues discussed in the course of this training action.
In several sessions, specialists from the General Council of the Judiciary and the State Attorney General’s Office reviewed recent European legislation, the most relevant institutions, the new technological tools used in the judicial sector and other issues arising from the use of the internet.
Another risk discussed during the training sessions was the ethical use of social media by Department of Justice professionals and the limits to this use, stressing the line that must exist between the private and professional use of social networks as an instrument to exercise freedom of expression, along with the risks that this entails.