e-Litigation Portal Update
Media Advisory #2
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) e-Litigation Portal went LIVE in Anguilla under the tagline“Serving you on-time and Online” went live on Monday 11 th March, 2019 for Court of Appeal proceedings and High Court civil proceedings, save for applications for probate and administration of estates, admiralty, and family proceedings..
The Court is pleased to share some statistical data on the E-litigation Portal since it went live in BVI on 12th November, 2018; in Saint Lucia on 26th November, 2018 and Anguilla on 11th March, 2019. To date, across these three (3) Member State and Territories, 98 law firms and 214 legal practitioners have registered. Additionally, 128 commercial matters have been as well as, 1 High Court civil matter 10 High Court civil appeals, 1 High Court commercial appeal and 1 Magisterial civil appeal. Over the next few months the use of the system will be expanded across the three states where it is presently being used and will be extended to other Member States in the very near future in accordance with the phased approach adopted by the ECSC for implementation across its jurisdiction.
From all accounts the portal’s statistics in the Member State of Saint Lucia and the Overseas Territories of the Virgin Islands and Anguilla are very encouraging to the ECSC and it shows that the users are taking advantage of the benefits that the portal offers. The rationale behind the portal was the ECSC’s thrust in providing improved access to justice for the citizens of the OECS Member States and Territories and in keeping with international court best practices while, at the same time recognizing the importance of keeping the system relevant and flexible to meet the ongoing demands of the judiciary. The operationalization of the E-Litigation Portal is a further step taken by ECSC in its drive to harness modern technologies with a focus on ICT to respond to the needs of the users while at the same time building efficiency and resiliency into the court’s operations.
The ECSC is in the process of preparations for the launch of a public education campaign to be rolled out across all nine Member States and Territories aimed at providing information on the use and benefits of the E-Litigation platform as well as, promoting the disaster resilience component and highlighting the potential boost to investor confidence, doing business ratings, contract enforcement and other cross-cutting economic and social values. We ask that you stay tuned for further updates and roll outs in your Member State or Territory.
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) was established in 1967 by the West Indies Associated States Supreme Court Order No. 223 of 1967. The ECSC is a superior court of record for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), which includes six Independent States: Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and three British Overseas Territories: Anguilla, The Virgin Islands, and Montserrat. The Court has unlimited jurisdiction in each Member State and Territory.
To learn more about the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and the e-Litigation Portal please visit our website at: www.eccourts.org or call us at Tel: 758-457-3600