Scale-up of E-SUD e-justice system was discussed at Mirzo-Ulugbek interdistrict civil courtMay 17, 2016
An official delegation, consisting of Mr. Rick Stoddard, Senior Advisor and Mr. John Wilcox, Director, Budget, Administration, Planning and Performance at the Department of State's Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, as well as Mr. Farid Garakhanov, UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan visited Mirzo-Ulugbek interdistrict court on civil cases in Tashkent city, to observe the progress in scale-up of E-SUD e-justice system. The guests were hosted by Kholmumin Yodgorov, Chairperson of the Judicial Board on Civil Cases of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Since the launch of the system in the beginning of April 2016, Mirzo-Ulugbek interdistrict court on civil cases received more than 2,300 claim applications in electronic form through E-SUD e-justice system from citizens and companies. In fact, more than 1,700 court orders were issued on-line, and users received access to their court orders instantly through their personal profiles in the system, without physically visiting the courthouse.
The E-SUD national information system of electronic justice serves to automate the civil proceedings, by allowing the citizens to file cases to courts on-line from anywhere and anytime. The system allows tracking of all developments and updates on the submitted cases, allowing receipt of case related information, including court’s determinations and decisions by court users in an electronic form. Therefore, the system allows citizens to reduce time and costs of justice.
Mirzo-Ulugbek interdistrict court on civil cases is among the five courts on civil cases of Tashkent city, that have launched the E-SUD e-justice system’s module in issuing court orders (related to undisputed claims), with the support of the “Rule of Law Partnership in Uzbekistan” joint project of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme.
In order to connect the court to E-SUD e-justice system, the joint project provided the court with local area network, installed necessary computer and office equipment, and set up information terminal for court visitors. The judges and registry personnel underwent on the job E-SUD user trainings to improve their skills and abilities in utilizing the information system based on the developed E-SUD user handbook for various user groups, and located on the E-SUD web-portal. Since the beginning of 2016, the project also provided user trainings to the personnel of local utility companies and tax administration offices of Mirzo-Ulugbek and Yunus-Abad districts.
Over the course of the visit, the guest visited the court registry, courtrooms, and offices of judges as well as court’s chief justice, and had the opportunity to first-hand observe the workflow of E-SUD e-justice system, including such crucial steps as registration process of the incoming case files by the court’s Registry office, further distribution of cases and appointment of the responsible judge, as well as the issuance of court order. During the visit, the judges and court personnel pointed out a number of advantages of the system, including significant time savings in the preparation of judicial acts, and the reduction of paperwork.
* E-SUD e-justice system was developed by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan under the support of the United Nations Development Programme in 2013. Since 2015, the “Rule of Law Partnership in Uzbekistan” joint project has been scaling-up the existing system for first instance civil courts, and developing additional modules of the system for appeal/cassation and supervisory courts. Simultaneously, the joint project is developing a mechanism of the alignment of the E-SUD e-justice system with information systems of other government agencies, in order to ensure effective data and information exchange in the future.