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Automation in Sharjah Courts

Published On : August 19, 2022

Justice and legal systems around the world, across all jurisdictions, are looking at how they can move away from their traditional legacy procedures and paper-based processes to embrace digital technologies. This transition to so-called Digital Justice promises to deliver a range of benefits that focus on delivering faster, fairer and more efficient services and access to justice.Today, in the latest advent of transformation through modern technology, blockchain is redefining automation and security as an efficiency solution that will pave way to a new era for the legal industry. Additionally, smart contracts are slowly revolutionizing the traditional process, reducing hourly constraints placed on both attorneys and clients - all resulting in faster and improved workflow, quality and efficiency of routine decisions that have been shifting the way lawyers do their job.

How are Sharjah Courts automated?

The project of archiving and automating the judicial system, that started in the Sharjah and Ajman courts, has so far archived more than 750,000 pages of the Judiciary in Sharjah covering 22,000 out of 90,000 cases settled in the last three years.As per Justice Minister Hadef Al Dhairi, “A plan has been chalked out to implement the e-justice project in Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain and Fujairah”, the minister said during a tour of the progress of the project in Sharjah courts.He also added that the e-management and archiving project aims at raising the efficiency and competence of the federal justice system under the ministry's strategy which primarily seeks to deliver best judicial services. The e-archives will allow quick and safe retrieval of files of cases by judges, secretaries and lawyers, thus helping all parties to settle cases in short time.

In conclusion…

Because of all of the above measures, as far as having an efficient judicial system is concerned, the UAE ranked first in the Middle East region, according to the Judicial System Efficiency Index for 2016 of the World Bank (WB).Globally, the UAE ranked 25th in the index.The move to something like a Digital / Virtual Court can provide a far more effective and accessible venue for pre-trial hearings, interviews and even trials themselves. The combination of technology and new legal processes and procedures can fulfill the invaluable promise and potential of Digital Justice for everyone.

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