eCourt seen speeding up court processes, cutting lawyers' fees

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Posted at Feb 28 2018 11:48 PM

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MANILA - The eCourt project was launched five years ago by the Supreme Court to enhance transparency and good governance in the Philippine justice system.

The computer-based system meant to manage case workflows is also allowing litigants to minimize lawyer's fees and is speeding up the processing of cases, an official connected with the program told ANC's Future Perfect Tech Shorts. 

Atty. Michael Ocampo, secretary of the Supreme Court Committee on Computerization said that before eCourts, litigants had to go to consult their lawyer to know the status of their cases. 

"Before you had to go your counsel, kakausapin mo, magbabayad ka pa diyan," Ocampo said. 

But with the eCourt system, litigants only need to browse electronic kiosks that have been setup outside courts to know the status of their cases, Ocampo said. 

Going paperless also means that judges, who normally handle hundreds of cases, no longer need to go over every document in a case to know its profile, history, the parties involved, the lawyers handling the case and other details. 

"Before the eCourts what you will do, babasahin mo pa lahat yan yung malalaking folder," Ocampo said. 
 
"Pero pag meron kang index, may storyline ka ng summary nung kaso, it's easier for you to know na ito na yung next step." 

Parties to a case are also automatically notified through email by the eCourt sytem about developments in the case. 

Ocampo said the eCourt system has so far been rolled out in 10 cities nationwide where courts have the heaviest case loads.