Magistrates court staff will shortly take delivery of brand spanking new PCs, but they won't be throwing out their decade-old systems just yet - the new PCs don't have the software to do the job they were bought for.
The farcial situation means that staff will have two computers per desktop, brand new machines to write letters and send email on, and an ancient system to review court cases.
Contractor ICL failed to deliver the new case management system last week, and it may not be ready for at least 15 months, according to reports.
ICL was supposed to provide a new PC-based system to replace the current dated legacy Unix and mainframe systems, but now the two will be used in tandem until further notice.
The situation means courts will have to rejig office space and pay additional network cabling costs.
Despite failing to deliver on time, ICL will receive more than half of the total contract, estimated to be worth £319m, from the Lord Chancellor's office.
Unions labelled the new system an "Alice in Wonderland solution".
Last year, the Government stepped up efforts to prevent further public sector IT disasters, of which there have been many.
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