The Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) has launched the Integrated Court Management System (ICMS), a comprehensive platform to connect courts, judicial sector agencies, and other relevant entities.

The system, a stride towards judicial modernisation, was officially inaugurated at a ceremony on Saturday by Chief Justice Ahmed Muthasim Adnan. The event was also attended by the President of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC), MP Hisaan Hussain, and senior officials of the DJA.

The ICMS is equipped with numerous features aimed at streamlining various judicial processes. These capabilities encompass the facilitation of prosecution form entries, case registration, the assignment of judges to cases, case scheduling, the preparation of court warrants, and the provision of support to judges in delivering their judgements.

In a step towards transparency, the ICMS has been designed to be accessible to the public. This feature allows people to track the progress and status of cases, providing them with a clearer understanding of the judicial process, according to the DJA.

With the launch of the ICMS, the DJA anticipates a significant boost in the processing of cases and the overall management and operations of courts and other judicial bodies. Aishath Rizna, the Chief Administrator of the DJA, expressed her optimism, foreseeing increased efficiency, a reduction in the backlog of cases, and a more expedient delivery of justice with the aid of this new system.

“This system establishes a linkage between the judiciary and the wider array of stakeholders within the legal and justice sectors, serving as a conduit that will expedite workflows,” Rizna said at the event.

The High Commission of the United Kingdom in Maldives and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assisted in the designing and development of the new court management system.