The government has taken a pilot project to digitise the judiciary, aiming to speed up the current time-consuming process in clearing the backlog of cases.
The ICT division took the initiative after a verbal request from Chief Justice SK Sinha and Law Minister Anisul Haq, said State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak at a press conference at his office yesterday.
The project will modernise the judicial processes in ten districts, he added.
“We will soon send the proposal for the project to the Economic Relations Division for final approval,” Palak said.
More than 30 lakh cases are pending with the courts across the country and about 10,000 people come to the courts every day, he said.
“We will propose some technical and regulatory transformations in the programme,” said SM Ashraful Islam, executive director of Bangladesh Computer Council.
Giving an example he said, if an investigation officer in Sylhet is transferred to Chittagong, he needs to travel to Sylhet frequently to attend court hearings; time and money can be saved if the government uses technology in such cases, he added.
Time can also be saved in recording the statements of plaintiffs and defendants by using digital devices, he said.
“There are more than one hundred areas where different digital tools can be used, and we pointed those out,” Palak said.
Under the programme, there will be digital data storage processes and archives for the judiciary.