Accenture Awarded LIBRA IT Contract To Modernize Magistrates' Courts

LONDON; October 22, 2003 – Accenture announced today that it has been awarded a £38.5 million contract to implement a new standard IT system for Magistrates’ Courts in England and Wales.

Under the five-year agreement with The Department for Constitutional Affairs, Accenture will implement a solution developed by the Technologies Group to replace the various systems currently used in Magistrates’ Courts. Once the project is complete, Accenture will continue to deliver the solution as a managed service. The project, known as LIBRA, is a key phase in the department’s broad modernization effort, and will enable it to participate more fully in the proposed Criminal Justice IT Program.

The new system will report case results, administer and collect fines and provide office automation facilities such as maintaining court diaries. It will enable electronic links with other criminal justice agencies such as the police, and the Crown Prosecution Service.

"With more than 11,000 users in 600 locations in England and Wales, this system is key to the coordinated administration of the Magistrates’ Courts in England and Wales. We are pleased to have the opportunity to help enhance the efficiency of this important function," said Peter Holmes, Accenture’s UK head of Government practice. "This project is an excellent example of how governments can use IT modernization to create public sector value, improving performance and efficiency at the same time."

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