E-SUD court filing system gains international attention in UzbekistanNov 10, 2017
November 10, 2017, Tashkent – Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Cihan Sultanoğlu, visited Uzbekistan to take part in an international conference on Central Asia, and witness first-hand the country’s technological advances in its court management systems.
Ms. Sultanoğlu, who is also the Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), went to Samarkand city civil court to see how the E-SUD e-justice system functions.
The electronic system is a quick and cost-effective case filing mechanism. Court users register online for access to complete case files. They can then track case progress, and gain direct and immediate access to any procedural document issued by the courts, including court final decisions and interim rulings. The electronic case management system, developed in 2013, now works in each of the country’s 75 civil courts.
During her visit to Samarkand city civil court, Ms. Sultanoğlu was introduced to the latest benefits of E-SUD, including its advantages for judges who now have automatic preparation of court documents and decisions based on developed samples and templates.
The system also offers automatic distribution of civil cases among judges. It allows for easy searches in the database, automation of court documents, and drafting of judicial reports in an approved form.
In general, the average number of visits to courts by parties has decreased and judges have reduced workloads because of expedited case processing and document templates.
Ms. Sultanoğlu had also acquainted with newly published practical manuals aimed at increasing legal awareness among the public, and improving public access to justice.
E-SUD was set up within a rule of law partnership in Uzbekistan that includes a joint project between the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UNDP.