Press-tour to Zangiata inter-district civil courtMay 19, 2018
On May 15 2018 a press tour was conducted to the Zangiata Inter-District Civil Court in Tashkent. This event served to present information on new information technologies, and their advantages as introduced into the judicial system. The visit served to emphasize the comprehensive improvements that result from the installation of the E-SUD system in courts, along with the introduction of other improvements such as the introduction of sound and video recording equipment.
Extensive work has been carried out by the Rule of Law Partnership in Uzbekistan by USAID, UNDP and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan to assist on-going reforms in the legal sector, with primary goals of improving the systems efficiency and public trust in its operation. These initiatives have worked in partnership with Strategy of Action of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Five Priority Development Areas for 2017-2021. Most of these changes have focused on changes to the legal and judicial system.
While substantial work has been undertaken to introduce ICT solutions to improve citizen experience of the legal system, a major enhancement has been the introduction of the E-SUD e-case management system which has been effectively introduced throughout Uzbekistan’s inter-district, city and district civil courts. The tool has been effective in improving procedures for applying to courts, while helping to minimize bureaucracy and prevent red tape.
At the Zangiata court, the participants were first presented with the impacts of the E-SUD system. In this regard, it was particularly discussed how the system is used to speed document exchange and improve how citizens can access the legal system. By dramatically reducing the time and effort required by citizens ton access the legal systems and seek outcomes for their concerns, justice can be more effectively applied.
Another major focus of the visit was the SRS FEMIDA system, which allows the recording of court sessions in audio and video files, which includes 60 minutes of reserve power (so recordings can continue even in cases where there are power-cuts), while a multilevel security system excludes the possibility of unauthorized access to audio-videos files. This system is particularly effective in simplifying the work of secretaries, helps to protect procedural, and is one of the most effective anti-corruption tools.
The event also provided information on activities in the first quartered of 2018. It was noted that civil courts had heart 56,653 cases and had issued 111,376 court orders, in order to recover mandatory payments worth over 83 billion soums. In regards to completed civil cases, 49,150 cases were issued, for which 83% of claims were satisfied. Most cases heard by civil courts were disputes arising from transactions and contracts, and cases of restoring labor rights and cases of special proceedings.
At the study tour’s conclusion, practical handbooks and brochures were prepared through the joint Rule of Law Partnership in Uzbekistan, aimed to improve citizen of the court system, and to ensure easy access to justice.