“Spain is at the forefront of digital transformation”

The General Council of Colleges of Officials of Social Graduates of Spain, in Madrid, hosted this Wednesday the conference of the former Government specialist in digital transformation of the Innovation Division of Citizen Services of the Inter-American Development Bank, and it is, to date from today, General Director of Digital Transformation of the Administration of Justice, Aitor Cubo Contreras.

The meeting, in which he also participated the president of the General Council of Official Colleges of Social Graduates, Ricardo Gabaldón, and which was moderated by the journalist and director of the magazine Atalayar, Javier Fernández Arribasallowed Aitor Cubo to address and explain the importance of the law in the making on digital transformation, as well as its impact on the legal and judicial sectors.

PHOTO/NEREA BELMONTE/ATALAYAR – Javier Fernández Arribas (left), director of Atalayar Between Two Shores, Aitor Cubo Contreras (cent), general director of Digital Transformation, and Ricardo Gabaldón (right), president of the General Council of Official Colleges of Social Graduates minutes before the start of act

Spain is “at the forefront of digital transformation” in the Public Service of Justice, underlined, from the beginning of his presentation, the general director of Digital Transformation. And it is that, for just under an hour, Aitor Cubo made a detailed tour of the initiatives and projects that the Administration of Justice has underway, or that it plans to promote in the coming months in the face of the digitization of part of the judicial tasks .

The digital transition plan – included in the draft law on Digital Efficiency of the Public Service of Justice and dependent on the General Directorate for the Public Service of Justice – represents for the Administration the project with the largest budget in the country. 410 million euros already established for the next General State Budgets2022/2023, and which are largely financed thanks to European funds.

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PHOTO/NEREA BELMONTE/ATALAYAR – Aitor Cubo Contreras, general director of Digital Transformation of the Administration of Justice at the institutional breakfast on the Digital Efficiency Law and Digital Transformation Projects at the General Council of Social Graduates of Spain

Throughout his speech, Aitor Cubo reiterated that all projects have only “been possible thanks to the co-governance model” between the Council of the Judiciary, the Prosecutor’s Office, and each and every one of the Autonomous Communitieswho have worked to prepare the Digital Efficiency Law and build homogeneous and interoperable digital services throughout the Spanish territory that make it possible.

Among the initiatives highlighted by the director of Digital Transformation, the scheduled agenda of appointments, Access to the Electronic Judicial File, the Single Judicial Edictal Board or the Virtual Desktop of Digital Interaction (EVID) that allows secure identification in judicial contacts remotely, both from citizens, professionals or administrations. “This service is not offered by any other administration in Spain or in any other country in the world”Cube pointed out.

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PHOTO/NEREA BELMONTE/ATALAYAR – Aitor Cubo Contreras, general director of Digital Transformation of the Administration of Justice at the institutional breakfast on the Law of Digital Efficiency and Digital Transformation Projects of the General Council of Social Graduates of Spain

Cybersecurity, on the other hand, stands as one of the central pillars, not only of the Justice Service’s Digital Efficiency Law itself, but also of each and every one of these initiatives. “Getting a password on the deep web does not cost more than 30 cents”, exemplified Aitor Cubo. For this reason, “we have to become aware of the importance of cybersecurity. Especially in public administrations”. In this sense, the accumulation of personal data and the fear of the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) -such as robotization processes- seem to be two of the issues that arouse the most reluctance among the population, said Cubo.

“We are not talking about implanting robot judges”, but about starting to manage large amounts of information that until now had not been organized and systematized using digital processes. Algorithms and programs. Use AI in “textualization of recordings, location of false documents”, etc. for, according to the general director of Digital Transformation, would translate into an “increase in the productivity and efficiency of professionals and greater speed in Justice”.

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PHOTO/NEREA BELMONTE/ATALAYAR – Aitor Cubo Contreras (left), general director of Digital Transformation, and Ricardo Gabaldón (right), president of the General Council of Official Colleges of Social Graduates, during the institutional breakfast on the Digital Efficiency Law and Digital Transformation Projects

Improvements transferred to all citizens, not only to the judicial sector. This was the last of the central issues that Aitor Cubo tried to highlight during his lecture at the General Council of Official Associations of Social Graduates of Spain. In order to take advantage of the advances in digital transition that would result from these projects, the general director of the organization influenced the training initiative to instruct trainers from the different autonomous communitiesand that these, in turn, had repercussions throughout society.

The digital transformation projects also aim to “eliminate gaps, whether territorial, gender, age or social class,” said Cubo. In this sense, they will not only result in greater availability of purely technological services, but also in improving the physical presence of judicial services in small municipalities.