A study released by the Egyptian Observatory of the Egyptian Center for Thinking and Strategic Studies monitored the state’s efforts to transform the legal system into a digital system that provides many services to the public faster. The National Human Rights Strategy presented by President Abdel Fattah El- Sisi last September; Work is underway to transform the legal system into a digital system that provides many services to the public more quickly, either by digitizing the litigation and imprisonment procedures and outputs through “online” electronic systems, in addition to the electronic provision of real estate and forensic medical services, and the establishment of digital offices for family courts..
The study pointed out that the Ministry of Justice started preparing last December for the digitization plan, to work on the digitization of the economic courts to bring about justice and encourage investment, and noted that this project helps to enable lawyers set to deposit the claim statement remotely, and their fees and expenses by means of credit cards or otherwise Other payment, and electronic signature of the newspaper, after pre-registration in the electronic register of economic courts.
She noted that the terms of the collaboration depend on the implementation of an easy-to-use electronic portal, so that citizens, lawyers and parties to economic disputes can register their data, file cases and track their progress, judges can see decisions at all stages of litigation, and pay fees; All this electronically, follow-up: “The global company has developed a digital justice platform based on technical capabilities D365; It is a platform that has digitized and integrated all judicial processes and services, where litigation can be filed and then managed electronically, including: assignment and distribution of cases, scheduling, transfer, appeal, closing, and others..“
And she went on to say, “In October 2020, the Ministry of Justice launched a project to consider remotely detaining sessions through video conferencing, announcing the implementation of this project in all governorates, successively, after serving in a limited number of courts in Cairo, Alexandria, and some public and central prisons, while working to expand its application in criminal cases, in addition to submitting civil civil cases remotely in six courts of first instance. institution at the level of the Republic, so that procedures for filing a lawsuit, paying fees, determining sessions and notifying appointments are carried out electronically..“
Digitization of family issues
The study indicated that nearly 20 digital offices were set up to provide family follow-up services electronically at the Republic level, in order to facilitate citizens to obtain personal status documents of all five types, such as: marriage, divorce and revision, in addition to the withdrawal of official copies of sentences, their executive formulas and inheritance declarations. Points out that the Ministry of Justice, represented by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, has made many efforts in recent years to activate the policy of digital transformation of its business, especially its services, provided to citizens to facilitate them, by establishing digital offices. to provide family prosecution services electronically at the level of the Republic, and that it already The opening of 8 digital offices in the governors of Cairo, Alexandria, Gharbia and Luxor, and 12 offices are established in the governors of Qena, Sohag, Assiut, Minya , Beni Suef, Fayoum, Damietta and Sharqia, in addition to the automation of about 150 family prosecutions nationwide, in which the same services are available. offices, in addition to the electronic archiving project, which are working on electronically storing paper bag files; In order to ensure the preservation of documents against damage, and the reduction of administrative corruption, this is represented by scanning and keeping documents electronically, with the availability of a digital search mechanism for the case, and the Ministry was able to save 150,000 cases , which amounts to 10 million sheets.
Remote criminal cases
The study added that the application of the digital transformation organization to criminal cases was launched in January this year, and the experiment took place in one of the criminal circles held in the New Cairo Courts Complex, where “Roll” the whole sessions for a week, and included 15 new cases, in addition to the previous cases of the delays in the circuit. Efforts are being made to circulate it to the rest of the judicial departments, as all the documents of the cases before that department are listed on the new system, with all the documents of the pending case prepared so that it is available to the judicial authority or lawyers, and an electronic link is specified for each department to broadcast the proceedings of the hearings directly and to make them available Follow-up cases for litigants and their families remotely through a special website for the court, which points out that the digitization of criminal proceedings is of great importance in achieving speedy justice, as well as avoiding flaws in the traditional image we have followed in the past; Through the use of these modern technologies, forensic evidence will be preserved and transmitted, and the speed of separation and trial will be achieved..
The study stated that digitization in criminal cases will help save time and keep pace with technological development, by reducing expenses, whether in the use of papers in the stages of the criminal case or even the stage of execution of the sentence. Criminal at any time. and anywhere. Finally, digital transformation aims to enforce the law, implement strategies and work to maximize the use of information and communication technologies to enable the Ministry of Justice to achieve justice and combat corruption..