Accenture lands £38m Magistrates Court contract

The Department for Constitutional Affairs has awarded Accenture a £38m contract to install and run a standard IT system in...

The Department for Constitutional Affairs has awarded Accenture a £38m contract to install and run a standard IT system in Magistrates Courts across England and Wales.

Accenture will install specialist software from STL technologies to 11,000 users in 600 locations.

The new system will provide electronic reporting of case results, administer fines and automate office functions as well as maintaining court diaries. It will enhance electronic links with other criminal justice agencies such as the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Accenture will host the Java-based system on Linux servers running an Oracle 9i database, according to Simon England, Accenture partner for police and criminal justice.

"Some magistrates court staff will come over to Accenture under the deal," he added. Final details of staff numbers involved will depend on local circumstances in each of the 42 magistrates court areas across England and Wales.

The first installations will begin late next year and the roll out should be complete by the end of 2005.

The contract is the second phase of the troubled Libra IT contract. The first phase, to provide a national network infrastructure and office products - e-mail, internet browsing, word processing and spreadsheets - was successfully completed in July.

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