The government intends to digitize the Supreme Court’s database within the next eight weeks, Chief Justice Brian Moree revealed yesterday.
When asked whether the government intended to roll out a program that would make court cases accessible online, Moree said, “The simple answer is yes, absolutely.”
He continued, “We are hoping to go live with a new webpage for the Supreme Court sometime within the next eight weeks. We are working on that now and we hope to better serve the public through that portal.
“As you know, a webpage is a dynamic portal which provides a lot of information and we would hope to be able to post our
judgments which come out of the Supreme Court and to use that as a means to better communicate with the Bahamian public.
“That’s a big issue and as we introduce technology across the entire platform of the Supreme Court I think you and others will see we are going to be automating many aspects of the justice system, which, hitherto, we have dealt with on a manual basis.”
Moree said the introduction of e-filing is also in the works for the Supreme Court, “which is going to make life a lot easier”.
He said he hopes the program will increase the efficiency and productivity of the court.
A recent report by the Task Force on Justice revealed that there was a 39 percent increase in the resolution of serious criminal cases in The Bahamas.
In May, Attorney General Carl Bethel said the report illustrates the improvements that have been made to the court backlog in The Bahamas.
The court system has been experiencing serious backlog issues since 2002.
In 2012, former Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said she believed over 400 people charged with murder since 2002 were still on bail.
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