Automated court case management system revolutionises Baghdad courtroom proceedings

06 Nov 2013

imageCourt proceedings projected directly to the wall of the courtroom, enhancing transparency. Photo by UNDP Iraq 2013

Courtroom proceedings at Baghdad’s Rusafa Appellate Court have been revolutionised by the introduction of an automated court case management system (CCMS) designed to improve the efficiency and coordination of court activities.

The system modernises court operations by enabling rapid communication between judicial officers, preventing loss or damage of physical files, and enabling case reproduction. Replacing paper-based systems that are subject to human error, the automated system lessens processing delays and allows users to instantly view, edit, and process case-related data.

Judges, lawyers, staff and clients are all benefiting from the system as they are able to reference case data in real time for the first time ever in Iraq. In addition, the information in the database is accessible to the public, strengthening the public’s voice and enhancing transparency over judicial processes. Such accountability mechanisms are part of a larger effort by Iraq’s Higher Judicial Council (HJC) and UNDP to enhance the capacity of the courts and promote greater public access to judicial services.

The piloting of the CCMS in the Rusafa court constitutes a first step towards its replication throughout the country. The same system has been operating with great success in Basrah’s courts since mid-2012 in an earlier programme sponsored by UNDP and the HJC.