Chief Justice Sir Salamo has launched the online Case Docketing System (CDS) for Court Listings via the PNG Judiciary website www.pngjudiciary.gov.pg and is encouraging court users to make use of the online listing services to improve on their case preparations and attendance in court.
He said online posting of the cases lists for both the National and Supreme Court is the first step the Judiciary is taking in introducing the e-filing which the Supreme Court will introduce later this year.
The PNG case list contains cases that are progressively listed before judges in both the National and Supreme Court for hearing on a daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly basis.
Basic and necessary information concerning each case such as parties, lawyers representing the parties, type of matter set down for hearing, the presiding judge, date, time and location of the hearing will be on the case list.
Sir Salamo said this is a step taken to modernise the judiciary’s case management system where technology is important in helping improving the efficiency of court case management systems.
“It’s a first time we done this by posting our case list online and we are quite pleased to achieve that,” he said.
“Posting of the case listings online is part of the court’s program to modernize the courts so that court services and court information are readily accessible to our court users.
“It gives us the opportunity also to build up our staff capacity and to train our staff to be able to make the necessary input of data and the technical requirements that go with it to be able to these products,” The Chief Justice added.
A third court, which is the Court of Appeals case listings will be included online too as and when the Appeal Court bill is passed by Parliament.
“We will upgrade the technical requirements and the data base so that the court of appeals can be included for its case listings,” Sir Salamo further added.
This Bill will see the Court of Appeals come between the National and Supreme Court. The third and final reading of the Bill was supposed to have gone through in the last sitting of Parliament however that was not done. It remains on parliament’s list of unfinished business.