§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Solicitor-General if the new electronic case management application will be operational in 2003; and if this application is compatible with other systems in the criminal justice system. 
§ The Solicitor-General
[holding answer 12 June 2002]: The development of the Compass initial case management system is on track to be operational in 2003. Roll out of the initial system is scheduled to begin in April 2003 and be completed by December 2003. This will include replacing the four different systems currently used by the CPS. The full case management system is due for roll out by December 2005.
The Compass initial case management system will provide compatibility with other criminal justice systems with specific electronic interfaces to police force systems and via e-mail, to the courts, Prison Service, Probation Service, as well as printed forms to victims and witnesses.