The features of E-SUD system presented in a new video
The joint project of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Programme “Rule of Law Partnership in Uzbekistan” produced a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTu1eowtWFg) about E-SUD electornic case management system, its advantages and features.
The growing number of citizens’ petitions to the civil courts in the past five years in Uzbekistan, leads to an increase in the workload of judges and lengthy review of cases. Therefore, there is a need to improve the accessibility and efficiency of court proceedings, particularly, through introduction of information communication technologies, which will enable timely review of cases and improved citizen feedback mechanism.
The reform of the justice system and improvement of the openness and accessibility of civil courts are the key components of the national concept of further strengthening of the democratic reforms and development of civil society in the country, announced in 2010 by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Additional regulatory acts, particularly the Presidential Decree "On the measures of core improvement of social protection of judicial staff" dated August 2, 2012, the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On the measures of implementation of modern information-communication technologies into courts" dated December 10, 2012, as well as the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On the openness of the government authorities and administration" from 2014 are all aimed at further improvement of the performance of courts.
Moreover, the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan passed on June 9, 2015, enabled electronic applications and petitions to courts via information system starting January 1, 2016.
To introduce modern information communication technologies in the judicial system and improve the efficiency of the courts, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the support of the United Nations Development Program began piloting of the E-SUD electronic case management system in Zangiota inter-district civil court in 2013.
E-SUD electronic case management system provides the following features:
-submission of claims, petitions and accompanying documents in electronic form to courts;
-tracking the progress of case, without physically visiting the courthouse;
-delivery of court notices in electronic form, directly following their compilation;
-access to the procedural acts adopted when considering civil cases;
-access to court documents, including decisions and rulings, upon their depersonalization.
It should be noted that the introduction of E-SUD electronic case management system creates a number of advantages for individual citizens and legal entities in filing cases to civil courts. Those individuals and legal entities who have filed cases using E-SUD stress the convenience and user-friendliness of the system.
The project is currently introducing the E-SUD system in three inter-district civil courts of Tashkent city: Shaikhontokhur, Mirzo-Ulugbek and Yakkasaray interdistrict civil courts. The courts are provided with local area networks, the judges and court personnel are provided with modern computers and necessary office equipment, and are undergoing E-SUD user trainings to improve their skills and abilities in utilizing the information system.
To establish the full alignment of all court instances in the country, the project, under the leadership of the Supreme Court, is developing additional software for the courts of appeal, cassation and supervisory instances.
It is important to mention that “E-SUD” electronic case management system is a national system developed solely by local experts: it is a unique and one of a kind e-justice system in the CIS region, thus exemplifying the vast potential and development perspectives of the ICT in Uzbekistan.