The official launch of the €1.5 million holistic information technology system managing cases, files, and documents (e-Law) took place on Wednesday, aiming to improve the organisation and operation of the legal service.

E-law is the fruitful result of the effort for continuous monitoring of the progress of the work produced by the legal service and the progress of pending cases, Attorney General Georgios Savvidis said in his address.

The system, Savvides added, will improve the organisaiton and operation of the service and facilitate and accelerate cooperation and communication between its functions.

It will also save working time and increase efficiency and speed up processes, he said, thanking the deputy minister for research Kyriacos Kokkinos and his team.

Expected to be completed by the end of 2023, the project is one of the costlier modernisation actions of the legal service, amounting to approximately €1.5 million. Its cost is fully funded through the recovery and resilience plan, the AG said.

The purpose of all the reform actions “is that, in the near future, the legal service of the republic is ‘liberated’ from anachronistic work management practices and evolves into a modern and flexible organisation,” Savvides noted.

For his part, the deputy minister for research, innovation and digital policy said the transition to a digital reality is necessary in all sectors.

“Today marks another step in our ambitious reform programme to modernise and restructure our justice sector,” he said.

Kokkinos recalled the implementation of the i-Justice system, which is the filing of documents by lawyers to the court of first instance, adding that e-justice will be implemented in early 2023, while the digital audio recording system, which will record court hearings, will be tendered in November.

“It is not just a digitisation of existing procedures but a review of procedures and simplification of procedures,” the deputy minister noted.