INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES IN JUDICIAL PROCESSES
We are living in a new era of the administration of justice: Virtuality.
It took us by surprise along with the pandemic, it forced us to learn everything we lacked about access to digital files, hearings with 8 or more people in front of a Judge or Magistrates on a screen, orderly filings of easily accessible attachments for the judges, office officials and counterpart, etc.
But we learned quickly and we are seeing that all the actors of justice adapt and take the best of this new world, which only brought in advance what we already knew was coming, the use of communication technologies in the judicial system.
In Colombia, specifically, Decree 806 of 2020 regulated in the midst of the pandemic the duty and power to use information technologies in justice, procedures for access and handling of files, powers of attorney, filing of claims, handling of documents and digital evidence, notifications, transfers, locations, communications, trades, offices….
Virtuality came to all types of judicial orders, notifications, tests, everything … the use of information technologies is the positive thing that the pandemic leaves in the Colombian administration of justice. If some judges continued to deny applications for being virtual, in 6 months they had to change the criteria.