A fully integrated E-Filing and Case Management System is being introduced to the courts system in Dominica.
In a letter from Michelle John-Theobalds, Chief Registrar for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, “The [E-Litigation] Portal provides stakeholders with access to the web-based platform via a secure login. [It also provides full access to] online document filing facilities, case documents, management of case files through e-mails and notification, calendaring, and a hearing management module to allow for greater flexibility in the selection of hearing dates.”
Her Ladyship, the Honourable Dame Janice M Pereira, DBE, LLD Chief Justice met with members of the Dominica Bar Association for a briefing and presentation on the E-Litigation Portal.
In an interview with Ms Mary Auriel Roberts, President of the Dominica Bar Association, about the new initiative, she confirmed that she believed it to be an excellent move by the Court and is very excited about the initiative. She noted that it will help to improve the time taken to file documents and confirmed that the benefit will be to the court and to the litigants before the court. “It will allow attorneys to file documents online, without the need to having to prepare court bundles, weighty trial bundles and documents in paper. It also extends the time for filing documents, ” Ms Roberts stated.
During the presentation, some questions that were raised included how online documents would be recalled and how one would be able to recognize when something has been changed on a document. Ms Roberts concluded that whilst the system may prove to be difficult for persons who are technically challenged, the glitches will be ironed out as the program is rolled out throughout the island.
The fully integrated E-Filing Portal is currently live in the member states of Saint Lucia and the Territory of the Virgin Islands.