The advantages of implementing an e-court are transparency and the prevention of corruption abuses, as processes (such as automatic case allocation) are controlled by programs. Another advantage is the use of digital documents, in today's IT world they can not be forged or destroyed, and this is very important.
To attend a court hearing, you do not need to cancel your vacation or business trip and go to the city where the court is located on the appointed date. All you need is a gadget with an internet connection and an electronic digital signature. The rest, the submission of appeals or other documents to the court hearing itself, may be done from home or another location through the personal account of the electronic court.
What do we already have today?
- Participation in the court session by videoconference both in the courtroom and outside it;
- Access to procedural documents adopted by judicial institutions through a single state register of court decisions;
- Sending a court summons in the form of SMS, which saves the state and citizens significant funds;
- Exchange of procedural documents between participants in the trial in electronic form;
- Providing information on the status of online litigation, which allows you to monitor the progress of your case in a comfortable environment, the queues will soon be in the past;
- Payment of court fees online.
The State Judicial Administration of Ukraine is involved in the implementation of the EC as a part of the Unified Judicial Information and Telecommunication System (UJITS) in Ukraine.
At present, the UJITS regulation is still being coordinated with the High Council of Justice. It is after this that the start of the industrial operation of the first UJITS modules will take place, among which there is the EC (it is currently in test operation). This will reduce the cost to courts of sending SMS, the state will have a legal opportunity to send notifications to the user's electronic cabinet. Since the beginning of 2021, more than 7 million SMS have been sent, including more than 1 million SMS agendas.
How the electronic court works:
- The user, after registration, in his e-office;
- chooses the topic of the appeal;
- fills in the application form;
- pays court fees.
The e-application then goes to the e-court (software for judges, which processes all e-applications with status display for each stage).
If the e-application is accepted by the court for consideration, the parties receive an invitation to a court hearing (so far only personal presence). The parties can attach various documents on the case, all in e-format.