More Than 2.9 Million Euro Invested in the Project Judge's Web

dnevnik_30052005_Page_1.jpgYesterday at the Croatian Chamber of Economy a contract was signed according to which information concerning almost all Croatian courts and judges, state attorneys and lawyers, court interpreters and expert witnesses as well as judicial practice can be found at the web address starting with today.

The contract was signed by the Minister of Justice Vesna Skare Ozbolt and the President of the Judge's Web Association Drazen Komarica.

Author of the project is Judge's Web and its purpose is to assist judges in making court decisions, ensure increased transparency of the functioning of judicial bodies and make judiciary closer to citizens via a single database on the internet.

Preparations for this new step in the informatization of judiciary lasted for 16 months and this activity has been given great significance not only in the context of numerous measures related to the overall judicial reform but also through intensive contribution given by the judicial sector to the e-Government project.

The project Judge's Web itself is worth around 2.9 million euro provided by donations of the governments of Norway, Netherlands, OSCE and USA. The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, which is the project's largest donor, Mr. Knut Toraasen, attended the signing of the contract and earmarked the project as significant for the development of Croatia and its approximation to EU and NATO.

JUDGES' BIOGRAPHIES ALSO ON THE INTERNET The listed web address contains information on the courts and judges which should be completed by the end of June and include judges' biographies, judicial practice, court rulings and other decisions. It already contains over 2,000 pages listing expert witnesses and court interpreters.

The Minister Skare Ozbolt did not hide her satisfaction with the project, calling it one more incentive in the judicial reform mosaic, this time relating to the creation of an information-communication infrastructure and the introduction of an automated operation system. She pointed out that her ministry in 2005 secured the largest ever budget for judicial reform, 76 million kuna, and this for large projects like the one concerning the opening of the digital land registry, and today the Judge's Web project.

FURTHER INFORMATIZATION She also announced new projects whose purpose is a simpler registration of business entities, informatization of court registries and establishment of the integrated information system and single internet and intranet networks for judicial bodies.

Dnevnik - online, 30.05.2005
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