1 December 2020
MCIT, Court of Cassation Sign Protocol to Link Court with Judicial Authorities, Provide Court Services through Digital Egypt Platform

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat, and the President of the Court of Cassation and the Supreme Judicial Council Abdullah Shoda have witnessed the signing of a cooperation protocol between the Court of Cassation and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

The protocol was signed by the Vice President of the Court of Cassation Mohamed Hassan Abdel Latif, and the Deputy ICT Minister for Institutional Development Ghada Labib, at the Court of Cassation premises, in the High Court.

The signing ceremony was attended by First Vice President of the Court of Cassation Fathy El Masry; Second Vice President of the Court of Cassation Fathy Handal; Vice President and President of the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Combating Unit at the Court of Cassation Ahmed Saied Khalil; Vice President of the Court of Cassation and Advisor to the President of the Supreme Judicial Council for Relations and Media Khaled Farouk; and Vice President of the Court of Cassation and Assistant Secretary General of the Supreme Judicial Council Ahmed Refaat.

The ICT Minister underlined that the protocol aims to develop the judicial and administrative work system, using the latest technologies and in accordance with international standards, within the framework of building Digital Egypt to revolutionize the services rendered to citizens.

The protocol aims to provide the Court services through Digital Egypt platform, a pilot version of which was launched in July to render digital government services, ensuring a high quality of service and an easy access to them, stated the ICT Minister. The protocol also aims to link the Court of Cassation with the litigation system, as part of the cooperation with the Ministry of Justice to implement the Digital Egypt Justice project, as well as a project to document and preserve the Court’s heritage, Talaat added.

For his part, Shoda stated that the protocol targets harnessing technology and IT tools at the Court of Cassation, as part of a comprehensive technological breakthrough to revolutionize the judicial work system, based on two main pillars. The first is linking the Court with the various judicial authorities to create an integrated database to secure and facilitate administrative work, and contribute to the completion of cases. The second pillar is to render the Court services and ease access of citizens to them through Digital Egypt platform.

The two-year protocol involves implementing a number of projects, including establishing an information center for the Court of Cassation, to host the protocol projects and provide specialized training for employees at the center. This is in addition to developing the internal work cycle and adding all ongoing cases to the internal systems through partnering with specialized archiving companies, with maintaining information security under the supervision of the Court’s information center.

Projects also include developing the unified portal for the Court services, and archiving the ongoing cases, amounting to about five million.

Moreover, the protocol provides for rendering new digital services through mobile phones, call centers and online through Digital Egypt platform that MCIT is developing to save time, effort and money. Services will be fully delivered through these means, without the need to visit the provider.

The protocol also provides for implementing a project for automating and administering hearings electronically, and linking them with Digital Egypt Justice unified depository (civil and criminal).

The protocol budget amounts to EGP 120 million.

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