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Steria helps to streamline the criminal justice system

The Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body responsible for investigating alleged and suspected miscarriages of criminal justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has signed a five-year IT managed services contract, worth £1.5 million, with Steria, the pan-European IT services provider.

Steria is to provide IT services to the Commission and will manage the Commission's IT resources. The contract will provide the Commission with a unified help desk service at its Birmingham office for IT related enquiries and problems.

Steria will also assist the Commission in implementing its IT strategy which includes a route map of how the Commission's systems will be refreshed and further extended over the next five years to improve document retrieval and improve access to case related information. Work to be undertaken includes a project to provide electronic data exchange with the Court of Appeal and provide secure e-mail with other bodies in the criminal justice system. These links will speed the process of case review, reducing the amount of administration and paperwork required and produce a more streamlined service for all involved.

David Robson of the Commission said, “IT is critical for the Commission and we chose Steria as they took a strategic approach. They looked at what we want to achieve and may want to achieve in the future. Their approach and ideas demonstrated their understanding of the Commission and we should benefit from their work with other organisations in the criminal justice system.”

Kim Lambert, director managed service Steria said, ‘“the Commission will benefit from Steria's experience in the public sector, especially within the criminal justice system. Steria’s clients in the criminal justice arena include the Crown Prosecution Service, the National Probation Service, the Court of Appeal and several police forces. The ultimate aim of creating a ‘joined up’ criminal justice IT system for greater efficiency and performance comes one step closer with this new contract.”

The Criminal Cases Review Commission was established in 1997 as an independent body under the Criminal Appeal Act 1995. It is responsible for investigating alleged and suspected miscarriages of criminal justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and for referring cases to an appropriate appeal court where there is a real possibility that the conviction, finding, verdict or sentence will not be upheld.


About Steria http://www.steria.com

Steria is ranked in the top 10 of IT services companies in Europe. The Group is an IT services global operator, able to deliver global solutions for its customers, thanks to the convergence of its three core businesses: consulting, systems integration and managed services. Created in 1969, Steria has developed its expertise throughout Europe in the banking and insurance, industry/utilities/transport, public service and telecommunications sectors. Present in a total of 12 countries worldwide with 9000 employees, Steria has forecasted 2002 revenue of over €1 billion, 60% of which will be generated by its activities outside of France.
Steria is a pioneer in employee shareholding with 31% of its capital held by its employees.
Steria is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange (“First Market” and SBF 120)





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