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April 05, 2007

Rule of Law Initiative Unveils Case Management System Software Designed for Georgian Ministry of Justice


On March 12, the Rule of Law Initiative publicly unveiled its new Case Management System software, designed and developed specially for the Enforcement Department of the Ministry of Justice. The new software, aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Enforcement Department, is the result of a reform effort undertaken after a 2005 review of Georgia's enforcement system by the Rule of Law Initiative.

To enact reform, the Rule of Law Initiative, in cooperation with the Enforcement Department of the Ministry of Justice, began the case management system software pilot project at the Tbilisi Bureau of the Ministry of Justice. The software system for the pilot project was designed and developed under direct supervision by Rule of Law Initiative staff by an outside software designer and IT consultant. After six months of initial design and development, the system was tested from September-December 2006, with final corrections of the program and official approval taking place through December 2006-January 2007.

In its first months of use, the Case Management System software has worked effectively. With over 60 cases already entered into the system, the pilot project has shown that the software improves case management and the effectiveness of the enforcement system. The Enforcement Department is currently devising a plan to deploy the system nationwide.

The March 12 event was widely covered by Georgian media outlets, and also included remarks by the Minister of Justice Gia Kavtaradze, and Mark Perry, Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy, both of whom emphasized the significance of the project in aiding the reform of the Georgian enforcement system. Both officials also stated their desire to continue further close cooperation in the national rollout of the software system.

For more information, please contact Senior Staff Attorney Maia Jorjikia, at [email protected].