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Improved Access to Data through the Judicial Information System

05 04 2018

Improved Access to Data through the Judicial Information System

As of April 5, 2018, with technical assistance from the USAID Rule of Law Project, judicial bodies have immediate, on-line access to data kept by the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government. These are data contained in the citizens’ records of births, marriages, and deaths. On the other hand, the data exchange protocol between the institutions allows the citizens’ registry offices to obtain direct information from the courts on the final decisions on divorce, determination of parenthood, and confirmation of death. 

‘Access to data in citizens’ records means a shorter procedure for the judicial bodies, and in turn smaller costs for the citizens.’

This data exchange protocol broadens the range of information available through the judicial information system which already includes exchange with the Ministry of Interior (access to data on residency, misdemeanor records, prison records), the Central Registry of Mandatory Social Insurance, and the Business Registers Agency.

The Ministry of Justice is developing the judicial information system (PIS) as a data exchange platform between state institutions. This is done with the purpose of speeding up the proceedings and resolving a considerable number of cases in courts. The USAID Rule of Law Project recognized the importance of this web service in two areas in particular that the Project is providing technical assistance for – service of process, and enforcement. Electronic access to data of key significance for managing court proceedings replaces weeks, sometimes months that are sometimes needed for courts to obtain information on cases, parties to the procedure, etc. from other judicial bodies or other institutions in official capacity, on paper.

USAID Rule of Law Project will continue to support the Ministry of Justice in extending access to data important for court proceedings. Enabling access to information on bank accounts, which are kept by the National Bank of Serbia, is of particular importance for the enforcement procedure. That is why the Project is providing technical assistance to the drafting of the data exchange protocol between the Ministry of Justice and the National Bank of Serbia.

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