To date, there are being carried out works for extension of the existing system towards consideration of statements and complaints in action proceedings, special proceedings and proceedings for consideration of complaints, and besides there was created a feature allowing to automatically generate statistical reports. This module of the system is currently undergoing tests in order to identify any possible problems. Also, to provide vertical communication between courts of all instances, there is being developed a module for consideration of cases in appellate/cassation and supervisory instances. Meanwhile, щne of the most critical tasks is integration of the system E-SUD with the systems of other public authorities.
In particular, integration of the system E-SUD with the Center for Registration of Electronic Digital Signatures (EDS) under the State Tax Committee. By using EDS it will become possible to confirm authenticity of the documents submitted to a court in electronic form, thus eliminating the need for signature of statements by individuals. In addition, the use of EDS for legal documents passed by judges while considering civil cases will allow to substitute the official seal of the court.
For obtaining information about the persons involved in the case and for their subsequent notification, it is proposed to integrate the information system E-SUD with the Database of Individuals and Legal Entities at the State Center of Personalization, through the use of a single identifier.
To date, there is another topical issue of paying state duty at the time of applying to civil courts. As to this issue, it is necessary to integrate the system E-SUD with the billing system, thus making it possible to pay the state duty through UZKART and other means of electronic payments.
In addition to the above areas of work, which are aimed at ensuring effective and sustainable operation of the system E-SUD, there also remains the issue of enforcement of court orders and decisions. To date, the legislation provides for issuance of a writ of execution to the claimant (plaintiff, appellant) (except in cases of immediate enforcement) for further application of the latter to the Department of Bailiffs, and, only at the request of the claimant (plaintiff) a writ of execution may be sent directly by the court.
Therefore, in implementing electronic proceedings it is necessary to establish the procedure of immediate sending of writ of execution in electronic form. To do this, one of the primary tasks is integration of the system E-SUD with the system for controlling over enforcement of judgments ‘E-Ijro’, which allows for immediate sending of a writ of execution to bailiffs and to control over its enforcement.
Along with optimization of consideration of cases, also should be addressed the issue of transparency of proceedings. For this purpose, with the support of the Project “Rule of Law Partnership in Uzbekistan” in the Supreme Economic Court and in economic courts of Tashkent region and Tashkent city there is being piloted the system of audio-video recording of court proceedings.
While being capable to perform multi-channel audio-video recording of a court session, the system primarily aims at improving the quality and simplification of keeping records of trials. In the future, audio-visual recording of court sessions may even eliminate the need for preparing minutes in paper form.
For the purpose of optimizing economic proceedings there is also being developed the mechanism of publishing depersonalized decisions of economic courts on the Internet.
It is important to keep in mind that the major expected outcome from implementing ICT in the courts is openness and accessibility of justice. The measures, which are being taken in our Republic for implementing ICT in the activity of the judiciary, will help to improve the quality of functioning of the courts, to increase the authority of judges and court staff, and will serve as a basis for creating an effective and independent judiciary.