1. IHC Automation
The rapidly growing importance of Information Technology in this era can not be denied. The miraculous inventions of this technology have revolutionized the human societies. The automation process is continuously occupying almost every field of life in the contemporary world. Courts are no exception to this rule. The Honourable Chief Justice takes keen interest in the automation of working in Islamabad High Court, and it is all because of his personal interest that this Court has made substantial progress in this particular field. The endeavors made during the yesteryear are as under
Islamabad High Court has launched its newly developed website, which is up to the international standards and based upon latest technology. New website is fully responsive and compatible with any type of screens. The sole purpose of this website is to facilitate all stake holders including lawyers, litigants and public at large.
The key features of New Website are as follows:
In the beginning there was no network infrastructure available in IHC. Now the I.T Department has established the server based network, using a large number of nodes with optic fiber cables. A network infrastructure has been introduced using number of network switches and Wi-Fi network. All Courts & Branches are now connected with a central database system. Security to the network has been provided by installing highly equipped firewall.
Initially CCIS, an Oracle based software (an old version of Oracle, i.e. 6) named “Current Case Information System” was installed. Presently the IT department has developed CFMS, a new software named “Case Flow Management System”, which has been implemented with a new version of platform (i.e. Oracle 11G). It includes case information regarding case institution, case fixation (cause lists), Online Court Proceedings (OCP), Case Law Management System (CLMS), etc., with Search Engine, Internet and new dynamic official website.
New software for Record branch has been introduced and implemented under the name of “Case Record Management System”. It maintains computerized information regarding decided cases in the Record Branch. Archiving of the decided cases will be implemented after successful completion of the Phase-I plans. After the implementation of this software, Record branch will manage the record in newly developed “Archiving and Scanning Management System”.
Public Information Desk has been established to facilitate the litigant public and lawyer community to seek information regarding case fixation, hearing etc.
Newly developed software for copy Branch was also introduced and implemented. It maintains information regarding case searching, daily progress report, branch wise pendency, total pendency of copy petitions, diary disposal register, and daily register etc. This program helps a lot in maintaining copy petitions record properly.
In pursuance of the National Judicial Policy Making a directive had been issued that the attendance of the staff and employees of the High Courts in future should be made through Biometric System, in view of the automation program being introduced in all the Courts in the country; therefore, for the implementation of the same a Biometric Attendance System has been installed & implemented in the Islamabad High Court, Islamabad.
District Courts Case Flow Management System has been developed and implemented in two model courts of ICT as initial step, In future all courts of District Judiciary ICT would be integrated with the existing Case Flow Management System of Islamabad High Court.
This new system would be great help to the judicial branches and would decrease the work burden of the officials of judicial branches. Notice Management System also helps office to keep auto generated notices/summons/letters record. NMS Generate notices automatically, intimate all stakholders by using different communication technology tools like electronic mail and text messaging systems.
Communication technology tools like electronic mail and text messaging systems are implemented in organization to speed up the sending of information within and outside of the organization.
Archiving and Scanning Branch has been established, which will save record of decided cases in digital form. This record in soft form may be used for providing copies to the litigant. Further such soft record would ensure the easy access and safety.
2. Future Plans
New software for identity section has been developed and will be implemented soon.
Human Resource Management Systems is being developed by IT department of IHC. Human Resource Management Systems enabled higher administrative control of such systems. Feature of HRMS would be:
Two Way SMS service regarding case information. The sole purpose of this service is to facilitate all stake holders including lawyers, litigants at large.
IT department has designed and developed an App for Islamabad High Court and ICT district Judiciary. The objective of the mobile App is to disseminate information relating to the cases filed in the Islamabad High Court or District and Session Courts and to generate alerts whenever a new case is being instituted, fixed for hearing, notices/summon ,comments and short orders etc.
3. Other Facilities
Number of lawyers have been issued fitness Certificate for the purpose of enrolment as an Advocate of Supreme Court of Pakistan by the Honourable Committee of this Court.
As a priority matter, the members of Bar has been facilitated by providing them sufficient rooms for their Offices, Library and Counselling Room for the litigant, public and construction of a canteen for the Bar.