The upgraded version of the Integrated Case Management System (ICMS) has already been implemented in all 20 courts in the country, from the district and appellate courts to the Supreme Court of Justice. The system is currently being used in pilot version and will be used as such until June 30, 2020, the date by which the implementation of all new functionalities and the electronic statistics module, which is part of the ICMS, will be completed.
The ICMS is a state-of-the-art system used by the courts for electronic file management. The new ICMS allows the random distribution of the files, according to an algorithm that takes into account a series of criteria such as the complexity of the case, the judges’ specialization and workload.
The new ICMS has replaced the old Case Management System (CMS), launched in 2009. The updated version has been developed and implemented with the assistance of the USAID-funded Open Justice Project.
The need to update the program was dictated by the changes that occurred together with the reorganization and optimization of the courts, but also by the international practices that provide for periodic adjustment of the information systems to the new technologies and the interoperability with other electronic state registers.
In this regard, it is important to note that, the new ICMS was developed on a new platform that provides not only an optimal level of security, but also flexibility for developing additional functionalities.
The new ICMS has already been interconnected with the State Registries of Population and Legal Entities through the MConnect government interoperability platform. In addition, such government electronic services as MPass, MLog, MSign, MPay and MNotify have been implemented. This significantly eases the work of the court employees, while also reducing the case examination period.
At the same time, the current ICMS is also interconnected with the National Courts’ Web Portal, which, likewise, has been modernized with the support of the USAID-funded Open Justice Project. This functionality allows the litigants to check the agenda of the court hearings, and to view and download the issued rulings.
Also, with the support of the USAID-funded Open Justice Project, over 2.9 million judicial files have been migrated from the former version of the Case Management System into the new ICMS. Currently, the assistance of the USAID-funded Open Justice Project is focused towards the development of new modules such as the Judicial E-File and the electronic statistics.
The assistance of the USAID-funded Open Justice Project also included trainings and methodological support for over 1,870 judges and court employees in using the new system. In addition, 560 high-performance computers were donated.
The modernization and implementation of the new ICMS, as well as the related additional assistance, were made possible thanks to the generous support from the American people, offered through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The new functionalities of the ICMS will increase the efficiency and transparency of the Moldovan judicial system’s activity, automating the work processes and minimizing the risks of judicial corruption.