Another eGovernment service to be introduced in the Justice Sector
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After the launch of MyActs last July, another new eGovernment service, allowing legal practitioners to file cases online, before the Administrative Review Tribunal, is to be introduced.
The online service is being made available to legal professions who are legally empowered to present cases before this tribunal.
The system therefore is aligned to Chapter 490, The Administrative Justice Act, which provides a legal framework for citizens and commercial companies to formerly register their complaints when they disagree with the administrative decision taken from any public entity.
To date, any lawyer and legal procurator, presented the registration of such complaint to the Administrative Review Tribunal by physically going to court and manually presenting their application as well as paying the necessary fees during registry opening hours.
With this system, which will become available as from the 1st October 2015, lawyers and legal procurators can easily present their case from their offices without having to remain within the confines of the Court’s registry hours.
Legal professionals that already have access to the Courts Online Case Management system will automatically have access to this eService using their eID and legal professionals that are not subscribed can visit the myGov portal (myGov.mt) and subscribe to the “Courts eServices (Legal Professionals)”
When using this new service Court applications are drafted and signed by a lawyer or legal procurator, as normal, but then scanned and uploaded by the practitioner into the system. The legal professional digital accepts the submission and the total costs (registry fees) are immediately calculated and presented to the user. Once these are approved, a secure payment gateway window pops up, allowing the user to pay by debit/credit card.
Minister Owen Bonnici stated that the Government is giving more importance to citizens, by providing electronic services to facilitate the lodging of their complaint when they do not agree with a decision taken related to administrative acts such as Tax or VAT bills or other decisions such as those pertaining to licences, permits, and warrants. “These decisions would have been taken by a Ministry, Government department or any local authority or corporation.
This service, which will be available as from the 1st October 2015, will simplify the procedure and allow the Courts to expedite the processing of case information.