Just a while ago I noticed a poster by the entrance of the Law Center where the Supreme Court was boasting about new technology to be used by Courts that will speed up the processes and allow them to supervise the lower courts closely.
In addition to this improvement in information management, the Supreme Court also disclosed that they will be implementing a new online payment system.
It is about time our courts play catch up. Speedy disposition of cases by Philippine Courts has reached the point of being almost oxymoronic. If technology can help, I'd agree that Courts use it to the hilt. It is, to me, good and happy news to see our Supreme Court further embracing the potential of ICT and sharing it with the lower courts.
On the other side of the coin, I wonder if they know what they are doing :) As many UP Law Senior Students know, ICT , if not used properly, can slow down processes as it did slow down certain processes during our last enrollment. God help us if it Court processes slow down even more!
I also wonder what other technology they will begin using. Take email for example. The thought of courts one day allowing their processes server and lawyers to use email doesn't sit too well with me. The speed is, in that case, something many lawyers will be wary of.
How will we recon when it was received?
How will we recon when it was sent?
Since email is available 24/7, how will we consider email sent/received after office hours or on a holiday?