In a first for the Children's Court of Victoria and the Magistrates' Court of Victoria a web portal, called eDocs, has been launched for external court users to electronically lodge documents.
The eDocs portal is the first part of a broader case management system (CMS) that will be rolled out over the next few years.
Initially, the Children's Court will use eDocs for lodging criminal and intervention order documents.
All jurisdictions of the Children's Court, including child protection, will be part of the final case management system.
eDocs creates a more efficient way for court users to interact with the courts by enabling:
- filing and management of case documents electronically
- viewing, tracking and downloading of documents when needed
- email notifications when documents have been progressed
Judge Amanda Chambers, President Children’s Court of Victoria, says:
"A new case management system (CMS) will bring great benefits for magistrates, staff and court users by delivering more efficient electronic and online processes," Judge Chambers says.
"The eDocs portal is the first step for the new CMS and provides the ability for Court forms to be lodged electronically. It is a fit-for-purpose technology solution that offers an improved way to interact with the Court."
Judge Lisa Hannan, Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, says:
“This is a significant step in the ongoing digital transformation of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, which includes a new case management system for the Magistrates’ and Children’s courts,” Judge Hannan says.
“eDocs not only responds to the current COVID-19 environment, it strives to provide a more effective and secure pathway for lodging and management of documents in our courts.”
The eDocs Portal is being implemented at both courts across Victoria from November through to January 2021. This means a staggered roll-out approach both for court locations and external court users. Find out more information on the roll out schedules here.
About the CMS Project
eDocs is the first release of the new CMS solution that replaces the current IT case management systems once fully implemented.
The new CMS solution will be the one-point-of-entry for all cases in the two Courts, and aims to make processes faster, through minimising manual practices and moving some court processes online, where appropriate. Find out more on the CMS Project here.