The Supreme Court will soon implement the e-Court system, transforming and integrating all lower courts in the country into an electronic court system.
The e-Court system is said to be part of the High Court’s effort to institute judicial and legal reforms to reduce backlogs of cases.
The e-Court system will help improve capturing, storing, and accessing documents filed with the lower courts to prevent duplication of date and repetition in the administrative processes.
The system’s pilot trial was launched at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court in July 2013 and the high court wants to make it a model once the new system is implemented in all courts in the country.
The system would also have a built-in automated case manual system where judges will be allowed to prepare and issue orders and resolutions immediately after hearings; meaning within 15 minutes, after an oral order is delivered by the judge, a lawyer will already have a printed copy of the order and can take this immediately to the client.
In the planned e-Court system, judges will also be given computers equipped with the dashboard containing precise number and proportion of cases and an alarm system that would alert them of their deadlines.
The Supreme Court will also install electronic kiosks at the entrance of selected courthouses for easy monitoring of case status and progress.
The SC will also soon adopt electronic raffling of cases and payments.
Lawyers will also be soon notified of court schedules via text messaging. Electronic service of court processes to cut cost and delays of proceedings will soon be implemented.