Articles about Ministry Of Justice

editorial only image of Whitehall. Pic Daniel Gale/Shutterstock is doing sod all to break £20bn of locked-in IT contracts

Analysis If IT wasn't perceived to be such a boring topic by Joe Public, the amount the government still spends on expensive clunky technology would be viewed as a national scandal. Across the entire public sector the annual figure has been pegged at around £20bn. No one knows for sure. As long as Whitehall's money is locked into …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2016
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Conviction by computer: Ministry of Justice wants defendants to plead guilty online

Train fare and telly licence dodgers will be invited to plead guilty from the comfort and convenience of their phones, according to court reform plans unveiled by the Ministry of Justice. In a paper issued jointly last week by Lord Chancellor Liz Truss MP, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, and the senior …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2016

You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

On-Call Welcome yet again to On-Call, our unimaginatively-named regular recap of readers' recollections of jobs gone wrong. You all liked a double-barrelled story so much last week we've decided to do it again, starting with “Gary” wrote to tell us of his time working for Burroughs and the job he was sent to do for a bank with a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2016
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AWS works on 'urgent' deals for UK customers as £ dips against $

Amazon Web Services has claimed it is trying to shield cloudy customers in the UK from the plunge in value of sterling against the US dollar following June’s vote to leave the EU. The titan told us it is looking at re-architecting bulk-saving programmes and grant programmes to tempt startups, SMBs and other businesses away …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jul 2016
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£8 BILLION is locked into's failing IT schemes, El Reg analysis reveals

The UK government has £8bn locked into IT contracts which are at high risk of failure, according to an analysis of the Infrastructure Project Authority's accounts by The Register. Of 143 major projects representing £405bn of government spending, The Register identified 19 IT projects that were flagged as “red” or “amber/red” …
Kat Hall, 07 Jul 2016
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The BBC flashes £560m ICT deal at hungry tech suppliers

The BBC has once again opened its wallet and is enticing suppliers to bid for a £560m ICT and hosting contract – part of its plans to replace its mega £2bn Atos contract. Over the next eight years it expects to splash between £400m and £560m on the deal, via a "single contracting entity" for end user compute services, hosting …
Kat Hall, 05 Apr 2016

Closing courts to fling £700m at digital stand-ins will fail, MPs snarl at

MPs from across the political spectrum have attacked the government's plan to close a further 86 courts while investing £700m in a court “digitisation” plan which has been flagged as “high risk”. During the last Parliament the government closed 146 courts. It now has plans to close a further 86 courts and tribunals across …
Kat Hall, 29 Mar 2016
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UK Ministry of Justice secure email system browns out

The United Kingdom's Criminal Justice Secure Email (CJSM) system has been browning out for months, and in the 18 months an upgrade is expected to take users have been asked to stop using the service's webmail and revert to conventional email clients. The CJSM is designed to help workers in the English and Welsh criminal …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2016
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Accenture leans back, receives £86m Met Police contract

The Metropolitan Police has inked a £86m deal with Accenture to manage its applications, the latest contract award in the force's plan to shave £200m from its IT budget over the next three years by carving up its existing Capgemini contract. The deal will last for five years, with the option of a three year extension. The …
Kat Hall, 08 Mar 2016 will scrutinise all its Atos contracts following IT cock-up

The government is to cast a critical eye over all its contracts with Atos – worth £696m per year – after MPs urged the Cabinet Office to review its relationship with the outsourcer following an IT failure last year. A report by the Public Accounts Committee in December singled out Atos as having failed to show "an appropriate …
Kat Hall, 07 Mar 2016

Flinging £700m at courts' IT won't increase efficiency, says NAO

An ambitious plan to modernise Blighty's criminal justice system via a £700m digitisation programme will not cure its increasing inefficiencies, a government spending watchdog report has found. According to a report by the National Audit Office today, the £2bn annual spend on the justice system is "not currently delivering …
Kat Hall, 01 Mar 2016
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Met Police hands £250m to CSC in IT outsourcing carve-up

The Met Police has handed £250m in contracts to CSC, part of its potentially risky plan to carve up large chunks of its IT in the hope that outsourcers can do a better job. The contracts are for a £155m end user computing deal to provide managed desktop services, storage over the next five years; and a £95m hosting deal to …
Kat Hall, 24 Feb 2016

'Leave' or 'Stay' in the referendum? UK has to implement GDPR either way

Opinion “In” or “out”, the UK has to implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is important given that some organisations might think that a “Leave” vote might change matters with respect to the GDPR compliance (especially as the Cabinet minister responsible for GDPR implementation, John Whittingdale, is a prominent …

Met Police: Yes, outsourcing IT to Steria has 'risks'

The deputy commissioner of the Met Police, Craig Mackey, has acknowledged that the force's IT strategy, which includes slashing jobs in a mega outsourcing deal with Steria, is not without risk. Last year the Metropolitan Police announced it was cutting hundreds of jobs in a 10-year £216m mega deal with Sopra Steria, a cross- …
Kat Hall, 27 Jan 2016
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Government in-sourcing: It was never going to be that easy

Comment Having thrown out the baby with the bathwater in its "outsource everything" drive beginning nearly two decades ago, Whitehall is now keen to bring tech staff back in-house. But how much roadmap does it have for breaking its soon-to-expire mega deals and for "transforming" IT? The chief exec of the civil service, John Manzoni, …
Kat Hall, 22 Jan 2016

MoJ extends yet another IT contract in transition to 'tower model'

The Ministry of Justice has extended yet another chunk of its mega National Offender Management IT contracts, in a further sign the department is struggling to break away from its decade-long big IT agreements. The Offender Management National Infrastructure consists of 43 data centres around the UK, and was a 10-year deal …
Kat Hall, 12 Jan 2016

MoJ digital software glitch sends thousands of divorcees back to negotiating table

A software glitch on the government's online divorce settlement form, present since April 2014, could lead to thousands of couples having to tear up their financial agreements and re-open negotiations. The technical fault was found on HM Courts and Tribunals “Form E”, with the online calculator failing to deduct liabilities …
Kat Hall, 18 Dec 2015

Serco slashes profit outlook thanks to call centre biz exit

Profits at outsourcing giant Serco are expected to plunge by almost 50 per cent next year to £50m next year, on revenue down 20 per cent to £2.8bn, according to a statement released today. The warning follows the loss of a number of key public sector deals which had previously contributed toward a sizeable chunk of its revenue …
Kat Hall, 07 Dec 2015

MoJ restarts troubled £250m National Offender management ICT system

The rollout of the Ministry of Justice's troubled £250m National Offender Management IT system was restarted again earlier this year - The Register can reveal. The Cabinet Office's body for monitoring costly programmes - the Major Projects Authority - has already flagged the project as red, meaning successful delivery of the …
Kat Hall, 24 Nov 2015

Flying drug mule crashes in Manchester prison

A quadcopter carrying drugs and mobile phones crashed in a yard of Manchester's Strangeways prison last Friday, and while residents were deprived of that particular cargo, a former inmate claims cases of airborne contraband delivery are "rife". According to the Manchester Evening News, a Prison Service spokesperson said: "A …
Lester Haines, 09 Nov 2015
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DfID becomes second ministry to SPURN Cabinet Office IT scheme

Exclusive The Department for International Development is the second Whitehall ministry to shun the Cabinet Office's major back office outsourcing deals, The Register can reveal. The news raises serious questions around the viability of the privately-run shared services centres, both operated by business process outsourcing biz "arvato …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2015

US, China manage to keep a straight face while promising to not hack each other's corps

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have announced an cyber-peace deal in which neither side will engage in commercial spying online. "We have agreed that neither the US nor the Chinese government will conduct, or knowingly support, cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property – including trade secrets …
Iain Thomson, 25 Sep 2015
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MoJ admits to splashing out on 2.3 MILLION Oracle licences

The Ministry of Justice has admitted to holding 2.3 million Oracle software licences, The Register can reveal. The licence breakdown of 53 separate Oracle products includes 961,000 “internet expense” licences, 250,000 for three separate for human resources licences, and 100,000 payroll licences, according to a Freedom of …
Kat Hall, 21 Sep 2015

Civica splashes the cash on 'good fit' Web Technologies

Public sector IT outfit Civica has gobbled up IT services minnow Web Technologies Group for what is thought to be approximately £10m. Simon Downing, chief exec of Civica, said the deal will extend Civica's capability in central government. Meanwhile, James Steventon, chief executive of WTG, said having "the backing of Civica …
Kat Hall, 09 Sep 2015

Whitehall IT running costs creep up again to £4.6bn

Despite government plans to cut expensive contracts, IT running costs across Whitehall crept up by 7 per cent year-on-year to £4.6bn in 2014/15, according to a spend analysis by The Register. The findings are based on official government figures from eight of the largest Whitehall departments. The Ministry of Defence – which …
Kat Hall, 20 Aug 2015

‘Secure’ criminal justice email system relies on obsolete protocols

The Criminal Justice Secure eMail system (CJSM) relies on insecure protocols that some security conscious organisations deliberately block, claims a Register source. CJSM is run by Vodafone on behalf of the government and designed to provide secure communications between the GSI (Government Secure Intranet) and external …
John Leyden, 03 Aug 2015

Email apparently from Home Office warns of emails apparently from Home Office

The Home Office has sent unsolicited emails to the public, warning that the Home Office will never send unsolicited emails to the public, and will not ask for personal information or passwords in an email. The lay-off happy government department warned the public to be wary of emails that appear to come from the Ministry of …

Lockheed Martin's bored with IT and going back to fast jets

US defence giant Lockheed Martin is considering flogging off its under-performing government IT division. During an announcement about its second-quarter financial results the company said it will conduct a strategic review of the government IT infrastructure services business. The programmes to be reviewed represent …
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015
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TfL to splash £400m on networking deal, despite GDS opposition

Transport for London (TfL) has opened its wallet and invited suppliers to reach in and grab £400m under a networking deal. The scope of the deal is for a single supplier to provide access network and wide area network services as a managed service. It'll be a "major element" of the department's plan to disaggregate its …
Kat Hall, 08 Jul 2015
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Digital Transformation Office CEO's record reveals project wobbles

Australia's Department of Communications on Thursday announced the appointment of Paul Shetler as Chief Executive Officer for the Digital Transformation Office (DTO), communications minister Malcolm Turnbull's effort to digitise government services. But an examination of his recent work suggests that one of the major projects he …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jul 2015

Hated scheme now 'unachievable', howls watchdog

The hated programme is one of four government IT projects progressing so poorly its delivery has been deemed "unachievable", according to a government watchdog report. The scheme has been flagged with the highest "red" risk rating by the Major Projects Authority, along with the NHS choices website, the Health and …
Kat Hall, 26 Jun 2015
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More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First

Page File There are two interesting sides to Steve Hilton, the former political advisor once called “Cameron’s Brain”. One is a kind of Holy Fool, who in Government asked questions nobody else dare ask. How come today we need half a million civil servants, when the British Empire was run with just 4,000 from Somerset House? Why do we …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 May 2015
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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

South Wales Police has been hit with a £160,000 fine for losing a video recording which formed part of the evidence in a sex abuse case. The lost DVDs contained film of an interview with a victim, who had been sexually abused as a child. Despite the DVDs containing a graphic and disturbing account of events, the discs were …
John Leyden, 18 May 2015
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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

Updated Government legislation to exempt GCHQ from prosecution on charges of illegal hacking has been passed and come into effect – apparently torpedoing an ongoing claim against the surveillance agency being heard by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. Last July, a coalition of internet service providers and international …

Labour has a pop at the government over missed GDS targets

In a pre-election pop at the coalition, Labour has slammed Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude for the Government Digital Service's failure to meet even half of its digital targets for online services. The GDS budget increased from £9.7m in 2011/12 to £23.3m in 2013/14, with spend on IT specialists rising to £7.9m over the …
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2015
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Ark scoops £700m to host ALL's data centre needs

Exclusive Small data centre biz Ark has won a £700m four-year outsourcing megadeal with the Cabinet Office to supply the government's entire data centre estate via its Crown Hosting contract, multiple sources have told The Register. El Reg understands that the estate will initially be run via the company's two data centres in Farnborough …
Kat Hall, 12 Mar 2015

UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

UK data privacy watchdogs raided Thursday a call centre allegedly linked to millions of nuisance calls. Officers from the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) and Trading Standards conducted the operation against a business in the Brighton area suspected of using automatic dialling technology to make four to six million …
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2015

Gov departments still splashing BILLIONS on big-ticket IT projects

Big Whitehall departments got the green light to splash more than a billion pounds on IT projects last year, data analysis by The Register can reveal. A total of £1.4bn was handed out to the six largest government departments according to their spend exemption data, which is made available as part of the government's commitment …
Kat Hall, 10 Mar 2015 shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?

Escaping the clutches of the big evil system integrators has long been part of the government's IT rhetoric. Yet confusion reigns as to what the strategy actually is now that previous "disaggregation" plans have been torn up – and those contracts are about to expire. Outsourcing overall might be on the rise across the public …
Kat Hall, 24 Feb 2015

£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

Whitehall mandarins have wasted more than £100m on failed or cancelled IT projects in the last 12 months. That’s according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance, which has collated losses across all departments for 2013 – 2014. The Alliance uncovered £107m lost as projects were scrapped, gains weren’t realized or unnecessary costs were …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2015
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REPORT: UK needs online eBay-style court for civil justice

An online court, similar to eBay's disagreement resolution service, should be set up to administer civil justice disputes in the UK, an official report has recommended. HM Courts & Tribunals Service should establish a new, internet-based court service, known as HM Online Court (HMOC) for disputes under £25,000, said the online …
Kat Hall, 16 Feb 2015

'Revenge porn' law to arrive in spring – MoJ

Revenge porn scumbags need to be aware they will soon face up to two years in prison under legislation set to come into force in the spring, the Ministry of Justice said Tuesday. Under an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, it will become a specific offence to share explicit images without an individuals' consent …
Kat Hall, 03 Feb 2015

ICO's data protection tentacles will penetrate NHS bodies

NHS bodies in the UK can now be forced to open themselves up to data protection audits under new powers handed to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The watchdog told that its audits regime follows a "participative approach" and that therefore it would first ask health bodies if they would voluntarily …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Feb 2015
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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

Discs containing information from three sensitive police inquiries – two of which involved‪ highly controversial shootings in London, including that of Mark Duggan – ‬have gone missing after being sent through the post. Yeah, you read that right: sent through the post. The information covers probes into the role of the police in …
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2015
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Revenues dip at CGI Group: It was Obamacare that did it

Revenue at Canadian outsourcer CGI Group dipped by four per cent in the first quarter of 2015 to $2.5bn (£1.7bn), compared with the same period in 2014. Meanwhile earnings rose by 24 per cent to $236m (£156m). CGI attributed its first-quarter revenue drop to a one-off spike from its Obamacare IT contract last year. The contract …
Kat Hall, 29 Jan 2015

Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

Updated After Friday prayers at the Al-Jafali mosque in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, Raif Badawi will receive the first 50 lashes of his 1,000 stroke sentence for the crime of publishing blasphemy against Islam on Facebook. In May, Badawi, a father of three, was sentenced to five years in prison, and will receive 1,000 lashes to …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jan 2015

Users shun flagship digital service

Just a tiny proportion of people are completing the online application for a lasting power of attorney - one of the government's flagship digital services. An LPA is a legal document that allows often vulnerable individuals to appoint someone to make decisions on their behalf. Around 300,000 such applications are made each year …
Kat Hall, 08 Jan 2015
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No cellphones in cells, you slag! moots prison mobe zap law

New legislation to be discussed in Parliament today will compel mobile phone networks to cut off the phones of criminals who use mobile phones in prison. There is no onus on the Prison Service to prove a targeted phone is being used by a specific prisoner; the service will be able to apply to a court for it to be disconnected …
Simon Rockman, 05 Jan 2015
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Outsourcer Capita snaps up Solid State Solutions for undisclosed wonga

Outsourcing giant Capita has gobbled up Basingstoke storage company Solid State Solutions (S3) for an undisclosed sum. The £22m turnover business will sit within Capita's IT Enterprise Services tech biz. The company has 30 staff with more than 300 private and public sector clients. The move is likely to bolster Capita's …
Kat Hall, 23 Dec 2014
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Ofcom's new broom Sharon White sweeps into office

Communications watchdog Ofcom confirmed this morning that it has found a replacement for outgoing chief Ed Richards. Sharon White will head up the regulator from late March, on an annual salary of £275,000, after she ends her senior role at the Treasury. White currently serves as Second Permanent Secretary of the Finance …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2014