THE Court of Appeal now has a working website where members of the public will be able to access judgements and follow the court’s schedules.
Also, users will soon be able to file cases electronically via the site, www.courtofappeal.gov.jm, which was developed as part of the Ministry of Justice’s Justice System Computerisation Project. The project stems from the Jamaican Justice System Reform agenda, which was initiated in recent years.
Damion Kelly, the acting director of the ministry’s Management Information Systems Unit, said the aim of the recently-developed site is to improve the “visibility, the online presence and the public's access to information about the Court of Appeal.
“The information-centred site, which was developed by the Management Information Systems Unit is geared towards providing the public with online access to the judgements of the court as well as other relevant information such as practice directions, court lists, the jurisdictions of the court, names of judges and court sittings,” said Kelly in a release.
Civil and criminal judgements from 2006 to present can also be viewed on the site.
“The main components of the Justice System Computerisation Project include computerised case management, document management and imaging, office automation, electronic filing, and internet access by staff and the public,” the release quoted Kelly.
The scope of the project, according to the release, extends to all courts across the island.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Robert Rainford said the objective of the whole modernisation process is to strengthen the rule of law by improving the operational environment of the justice system.
“The application of information technology to the management of the courts will essentially enable the courts to store, access and disseminate information more effectively and efficiently,” Rainford said.