Erfurt (dpa/th) - Thuringia's judiciary should gradually say goodbye to countless paper files and become more digital. The prerequisites for this are to be laid with a law on IT technology that Justice Minister Doreen Denstädt (Greens) will present to the state parliament on Friday. Despite some problems, Thuringia is on par with other federal states when it comes to digitizing processes in the judiciary, which not only includes electronic court files, according to the minister.
Among other things, the law is intended to regulate how the sensitive area of the judiciary can centralize its hitherto often decentralized IT solutions. Among other things, it should be clarified under which conditions external IT service providers can be used. It is always about data protection and the independence of the judiciary.
The Ministry of Justice recently announced that all files at the Thuringian administrative courts are now being kept digitally. This includes nine courts up to the Thuringian Higher Administrative Court. Digital files are required by law in all courts and public prosecutor's offices nationwide from January 1, 2026.