PH judiciary pins hope on new e-Court system

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[/caption] The program, which is being pilot-tested in Quezon City, allows litigants to monitor their pending cases through an e-Court kiosk. According to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Sereno, the e-Court?s electronic raffle feature will do away the manual process of raffling of cases ? a source of corruption in which cases are assigned to trial court judges. The project is undertaken with the assistance of the American Bar Association-Rule of Law Initiative and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Sereno said the e-Court would also help erase perceptions ?money is leaking in the court system? since the fees will to be determined by the automated system. Sereno said the SC also plans to computerize the notification system for litigants and lawyers regarding court schedules and subpoenas, and start the digital archiving and retrieval system for court records. According to Quezon City Judge Bernelito Fernandez, the new system will enable the public to monitor the status of cases more closely. ?The e-Court system will provide quality justice within reasonable time. There will be instantaneous information retrieval for judges and court personnel,? Fernandez said. The electronic raffle will also guarantee the random assignment of cases to judges, he added. Court employees have also started encoding the voluminous case records. Before the launching last June 14, the Quezon City courts conducted a month-long dry-run to test the e-Court system?s accuracy and security features. — Perfecto T. Raymundo, PNA ]]>

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