The launch of ECMS (Enterprise Caseflow Management System) at Punjab Judicial Academy has been a monumental step in the series of digital reforms introduced to the state system. With the new system there would be no change of hearing date, a usual delay tactic employed in legal proceedings. Such reforms would help in ensuring cases become more transparent while being efficiently disposed on a timely basis. In the next phase, such changes would be introduced to district and sessions courts as well.
In his remarks during the grand inaugural ceremony launching the system, Dr Umar Saif, Chairman PITB stated:
“The corruption free roll out of the holistic judicial system, Enterprise Caseflow Management System (ECMS), dreamed up by the Bar and Bench and developed according to their requirements by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) is bound to deliver successful results.”
Dr. Saif further added that with the launch of this ECMS, an inclusive judicial system has been established for legal processes, which includes case filing, hearing, adjustments, and evidence of cases, cause list, calendaring and the disposal of court cases.
It was also shared at the occasion that in addition to the website of the Lahore High Court (LHC) accessed 180 million times during the previous year, around 10,000 people have downloaded the newly introduced LHC mobile application. About 102,000 individuals called on the new LHC 1134 helpline to know the status of their hearing. These figures can be used as a means to verify the popularity of the new system among the common man.
Syed Mansoor Ali Shah Chief Justice LHC also present at the inauguration, asserted that the united approach of all the stakeholders helped establish the grounds of technological reforms that have made it easier for the masses to avail the judicial system.
The new system would become operational this week. The Punjab Police and NADRA will be collaborating with the judicial system in this regard. The system would become more efficient and effective by the conversion of files into digital format.