On Friday October 1st 2010, during the launch of the Department of Justice's IGC (key management infrastructure) in Flers-en-Escrebieux, the Imprimerie Nationale announced that « Magistrates and clerks would be given an individual smart card with a personal password. The Imprimerie Nationale will produce approximately 20 000 personalized cards on behalf of ANTS (Agence nationale des titres sécurisés) and the Department of Justice ». This infrastructure « produces electronic certificates which are then embedded into the smart card, thus allowing an undisputable connection between the user of the system and a person. », affirms the Imprimerie nationale. For the Minister of Justice, Michèle Alliot-Marie, the electronic signature of authentic acts marks « a further step in the dematerialization of procedures », because « from now on, dematrealized authentic acts will have the same scope as traditional acts ». She adds that dematerialized procedures « improve the quality of case related information (for magistrates)», « save time, both for professionals and for the accused », « save place by eliminating paper archiving». She points out that the securitization of dematerialized authentic acts "will progressively be implemented".
« The design and the integrated production of electronic passports, electronic identity cards (in the near future), electronic signatures must go hand in hand with a flawless security control. Given the positive results, we are ready to take the plunge, asserts Michèle Alliot-Marie. She adds that the dematerialization of court rulings « will start with the Minos application », a management tool for police courts, « in Bordeaux and Bourges ». The application « receives information from offence filing services and ministry officials and forwards fines to be paid to the Treasury. The importance of securing these transfers is manifest», explains the Minister. Once Minos "has fully met all security requirements", the use of electronic signature will be widened to other applications, such as « final notices sent to district courts by bailiffs ».
Development of automated exchanges with the municipal police
According to the Minister of Justice, « over 140 superior courts (tribunaux de grande instance – general jurisdiction for civil matters over 10 000 euros) » already use the Cassiopee application (an applicative process supporting the operational information system for criminal and juvenile courts), which enables the management of the entire judicial process. She affirms that in « 2011, automated exchanges with the municipal police will mark a new step in the reinforcement of reactivity and the efficiency of the security process».
Michèle Alliot-Marie wishes to extend dematerialization to « all practices which would benefit from new technologies and improve Public Justice services», notably criminal records. She points out that « since the summer, remote access to bulletin n°1 [which contains all convictions and judgments included in the criminal record] has been achieved». She gives the example of the interception of electronic communications: « sealed intercepted data will soon be dematerialized and archived digitally ». She also mentions the Genesis application (a national management tool for the individual and security monitoring of prisoners), which will « help improve the monitoring of prisoners ».