This new mobile application will allow Ukrainians to have equitable, convenient access to justice directly from their smartphones
Kyiv, 6 September 2021 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine, together with the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine, and the Centre for Judicial Services have developed a mobile application named ‘eCourt’, which aims to speed up and optimize the judicial processes, while also simplifying Ukrainians' access to these services.
With use of the mobile application, citizens will be able to rapidly get quick access to essential documents in their personal electronic cabinet, and courts will be able to inform litigants regarding the status of specific cases in real time. In addition to ensuring equal access to court services for all, the application will help promptly obtain information on the progress of cases and about relevant procedural documents for residents of remote and non-government controlled areas.
The UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme Manager, Victor Munteanu, stressed that digital transformation is the key to ensuring equal, comfortable and unhindered access for all Ukrainians to e-services, as public demand for digitalization of public services in Ukraine is growing swiftly.
“The e-Court mobile application is an illustrative example of how the processes related to court proceedings and justice in Ukraine are becoming more accessible,” Munteanu said. “Citizens will now save their time on bureaucratic procedures receiving the necessary services via the application on their smartphones.”
The application's functionalities will allow users to:
- Receive push notifications regarding the receipt of new documents and changes and updates to ongoing cases;
- Review cases, proceedings, procedural documents sent by the courts to their e-cabinet;
- View applications, petitions and other documents created by users in their e-cabinet;
- View powers of attorney and warrants in the e-cabinet;
- Cancel powers of attorney and warrants issued by the user.
The Head of the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine a. i., Oleksii Salnikov, stressed that the eCourt mobile application best contributes to ensuring the openness and accessibility of Ukraine's judicial system.
“The launch of the application is a real step towards reforming and digitalizing the judiciary system. It embodies a qualitatively new approach to building the relationship between the judiciary and the participants in court proceedings, which really simplifies the judicial process,” said Mr. Salnikov.
The application was developed by Floor 12 Apps in partnership with the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine and the Judicial Services Centre under the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme with the financial support of Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland.
The United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP) is being implemented by four United Nations agencies: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
Twelve international partners support the Programme: the European Union (EU), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.
Maksym Kytsiuk, Communications Specialist, UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, email@example.com, +380 63 576 1839