Munger talked about Estonia’s success when answering a question about Daily Journal’s SaaS Business at the company’s annual stockholders meeting. The software company called Journal Technologies is currently working on an e-Court system and offering case management systems to government agencies throughout the United States.
Thanks to fully automated court processes and electronic communication tools – the e-Justice solutions – Estonia has one of the most effective court systems in the world. The central information system – e-File – provides an overview of the different phases of criminal, misdemeanour, civil and administrative procedures, court adjudications, and procedural acts to all the parties involved, including the citizen.
The development of e-File was called to life by the Government of Estonia already in 2005, recognising the need to break down information silos, which functioned independently from each other. E-File was implemented by the Centre of Registers and Information Systems (RIK) who is still responsible for developing, administrating and maintaining the system today.
In 2006, the Court Information System (KIS) was launched, offering one information system for all types of court cases: Estonian courts of the 1st and 2nd instance and Supreme Court. KIS enables the registration of court cases, hearings and judgments, automatic allocation of cases to judges, creation of summons, publication of judgments on the official website and collection of metadata.
The latest generation KIS includes new classifiers based on courts’ needs, for example types of cases, categories of cases, and subcategories. As a tool for judges, the second generation KIS represents a valuable evolution, with searches based on phases of proceedings, issuing of reminders, and monitoring of the length of time spent on each phase.