7 December 2021
Justice Ministry, MCIT Co-launch e-Litigation Platform for Economic Courts

The Minister of Justice Omar Marwan and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat held, today, a ceremony to celebrate the official launch of the electronic litigation platform for Economic Courts, in the presence of Microsoft Egypt General Manager and Link Development CEO.

The platform was created according to the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and within the framework of Egypt’s Vision 2030 and the realization of digital transformation in state institutions, and under the patronage of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

In his speech, the Minister of Justice stated that Egypt seeks with awareness, guidance and wise leadership of its loyal president, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, to build a modern state and achieve a comprehensive renaissance crystallized in the presidential directive for bringing Egypt to the world of digital transformation to achieve development and prosperity and ensure accuracy of work and performance.

Marwan stressed that the Ministry of Justice, under the aegis and follow-up of the Prime Minister, set its sights on digital transformation since day one and sought to achieve it at all levels and sectors, especially regarding developing the litigation system and facilitating procedures for litigants. He added that the fruit of success was the result of joint work with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Finance, and Microsoft and Link Development which are specialized in this field.

In his speech, the Minister of Justice pointed out that the electronic litigation project is a nucleus for applying the remote litigation process on a wide scale to keep pace with today’s advancements and bring about swift justice. Marwan valued MCIT major role in providing the logistical support necessary for the completion of the project. He also thanked the Ministry of Finance for its constructive role in implementing the project and providing the means of financial linkage, as well as the valuable effort of the Ministry of Planning in coordinating between the partners in the project and overcoming the hurdles that faced its launch.

At the end of his speech, the Minister of Justice stressed that his Ministry’s keenness to become a key player in achieving digital transformation did not stop with creating the remote litigation system, which includes the electronic filing of lawsuits, remote litigation before courts, and remote appeal of preliminary rulings. The Ministry has put its mind to further complete the system through automating the process of executing final rulings and implementing other projects to automate all judicial procedures.

For his part, the ICT Minister underlined that the Egyptian government focused on adapting information technology to serve justice and enable the judiciary to keep pace with the technological revolution. He explained that the platform will help execute litigation procedures before Economic Courts, relieve the burden of visiting courts, save time and effort for litigants, reduce paperwork, and serve companies and company owners outside Egypt.

Talaat said that the launch of the platform is within the state’s approach to keep up with development by employing digital technologies to facilitate citizens’ access to services. He reviewed the areas of cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and MCIT to implement the Digital Egypt Justice project, including upgrading and automating the infrastructure of courts.

The ICT Minister presented the efforts made to launch the platform, including starting to develop the programs of Economic Courts last December. This included preparing the infrastructure in eight Economic Courts, and finalizing the electronic litigation registry, which includes data of litigants: lawyers, legal persons, companies, government agencies and ministries. This is in addition to automating work cycles until the appeal stage, supplying equipment, and providing secure Internet connection for courts.

Talaat revealed that people can now submit litigation documents electronically and litigate online. In addition, courts have been linked to the secure document complex.

Microsoft Egypt General Manager Mirna Arif said that launching the platform will have a positive impact on accelerating litigation procedures with the highest security and transparency, which will help attract investments, improve the work environment, and attain sustainable development.

Link Development CEO Hesham El Beih highlighted that the platform is an inspiring success story made possible thanks to the unique spirit of collaboration between judges in Economic Courts, MCIT, the Ministry of Planning and Microsoft. He congratulated the Ministry of Justice on this achievement, which represents a major milestone on the digital transformation map.

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