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The National Audit Office has called for improvements to two crucial crown court computer systems In a review of the administration of crown courts, published on 6 March 2009, the NAO says the 20 year-old Crest case management system is no longer supported by its manufacturer and is subsequently vulnerable. In addition, the …

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Happy

HM Courts Service faces a tight budgetary position

Why not raise the fines?

Getting fined for being pissed up and punching someone in the face is lower than the average night out for many....

Heck what not add admin fines to every crime.

No matter what criminal offence, slap a £100 adminon top of any other sentance. Jobs a good un.

Hell where's my soapbox when I need one!

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Joke

Xzibit

The Xhibit system?

Yo dawg, we heard you like evidence, so we put evidence in your courtrooms so you can judge while you judge.

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Unhappy

Could be worse

In Spain we are still on full paper mode in the national courts.

There seems to be something like 10+ different, incompatible systems, in the local courts.

And they are discussing the need of a refurbish for the system that keeps tracks of sentences imposed.

So, not even a PPT to go.

And you worry?

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Anonymous Coward

Crest, a non-Windows database system

The hell you say. My mind boggles at the implications.

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Jobs Horns

One reason why Xhibit is so unreliable...

... is that it only works with Microsoft Explorer, it's not eGIF (eGovernment Interoperability Framework) compliant, a standard that requires browser independence.

It was a major embarrassment for HMG when Xhibit was brought out and it was discovered (too late!) that many of the intended users couldn't use it... CJIT (Criminal Justice IT) had just assumed that everyone was a public sector employee using MS IE (duh!) but this was a mistake. For example, the Witness Service is provided by Victim Support, a charity, under contract to the Home Office, and many of their staff use FireFox, for all of the usual reasons - better security, more reliable, yada, yada, yada...

So much for Government denials that they are joined at the hip with Microsoft and have lots of warm and fuzzy feelings about Open Source... :-(

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