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Digital Criminal Justice

Digital Criminal Justice study

Initiating the Digital Criminal Justice study

This study aims to assess the business needs of the EU judiciary community working on criminal cases, and exploring relevant technological solutions.

The study has the following objectives:

  1. Analysing the current policy landscape within the Member States and at EU level, including potential obstacles presented to Digital Criminal Justice presented by these frameworks.
  2. Undertaking a high-level assessment of the business needs of judicial practitioners working on investigations in cross-border criminal cases, in particular with respect to data exchange and processing, as well as a gap analysis of the business needs against the existing solutions and those proposed under the Digital Criminal Justice study;
  3. Identifying and examining in detail the most promising technical solutions for meeting the identified business needs based on emerging trends in the field of communication and information technology, and how these technologies could be leveraged to address the identified business needs;
  4. Preparing final recommendations on Digital Criminal justice, including guidance on appropriate technical solutions.

The figure below displays the logic behind this study:

Digital Criminal Justice Project phases
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Outcomes and further information

Following the completion of the tasks, a final report containing recommendations covering all the aspects listed above will be made available to stakeholders of the study in February 2020.


The European Commission has created an online platform to provide further information on Digital Criminal Justice: the DCJ Confluence space. This platform allows one to follow the study, review its outputs, provide feedback and debate with other practitioners through a chat tool.

Please note that the confluence space is restricted to judicial and law enforcement authorities (information on how to gain access to this space can be found in the study's newsletter). The newsletter is produced bi-monthly and includes information on the study’s timeline and milestones, as well as the current status.