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Justice goes digital

  • Published at 12:05 am September 8th, 2019
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Truly going digital is not just a matter of pouring money

The road to a truly Digital Bangladesh has not always been a smooth one, but it is good to see the government making the right investments in the right areas -- and no sector is more important, and more in need of updating, than our judicial system.

To that end, the government has undertaken large-scale plans to digitize our judiciary system in order to improve legal services for citizens.

According to the Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq, an e-judiciary project has been undertaken by the ministry costing some Tk2,690 crore, and it aims to not only introduce a digital system to the judiciary, but to automate the administrative system and trial process, and establish e-courts.

Furthermore, judges, lawyers, and other officials concerned will be taught to adapt to the new system -- there is no getting around the fact that more ICT knowledge is required across the board for the plan to work.

It is important to recognize, however, that truly going digital is not just a matter of pouring money into projects or purchasing equipment with an initial burst of enthusiasm -- success depends on a change in mindset, where officials and citizens alike understand the need to participate in a changed and upgraded system, while discarding the old, less efficient ways of doing things.

Technology is the bedrock of progress, and in order to improve services not just concerning judicial matters, but in other areas like health care, business, police services, and administrative matters, the digital way of doing things should be embraced.

In the long run, it will save time, money, even lives.