Belize: The Belize Courts will launch its new electronic filing platform on Monday, April 26,(today) making it a leader in a move by APEX, the Caribbean Agency for Justice Solutions, to transform judicial systems in the Caribbean digitally.
The launch will represent an association between the administration of Belize and APEX to provide a solution that will improve the quality and efficiency of the provision of legal-services in Belize.
The virtual meeting will feature Acting Chief Justice-Michelle Arana, Acting President of the Court of Appeal-Hon. Minett Hafiz-Bertram; the Registrar General-Ms Trienia Young, and Executive Director of APEX-Mr Bevil Wooding.
The agreement, signed in two (2) months ago, was for APEX to provide an e-Filing system for the courts and a case management system for the Appeal of court. Mr Wooding stated that within days of signing the agreement, the Court & APEX formed a project committee and began work to induce the e-filing solution.
“Our association with APEX resulted in the implementation of an e-filing system for the Belize Supreme-Court and Court of Appeal in under six (6) weeks. This is a remarkable accomplishment for Belize and APEX,” Chief Justice Arana said.
Furthermore, Her Ladyship stated that the new e-filing platform, which uses the Curia court management system developed by APEX, will allow for faster processing of court documents by the Registry and significant time and cost savings for lawyers and litigants.
“The new-system will allow users to access case files anywhere and at any time securely. This is a significant measure in our journey to modernizing our systems and equipping our Courts with the tools and the capabilities to deliver quality justice services to all,” she added.
Indeed, this initiated project, which is being executed under the auspices of the Attorney General’s Ministry by the visionary leadership of the Hon. Attorney General-Hon. Magali Marin Young SC has done a service that stands to benefit the Belizean population for years to come.
Moreover, The launch of the new e-filing system will be a virtual event which means a kind of webinar that will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (CST) on Monday 26 April 2021(today). Attendees will include jurists, attorneys from across the Caribbean who will join their Belizean counterparts to mark the milestone.