Training for effective management of large & complex court cases

22 Sep 2013

As part of its efforts to increase the efficiency of the court system, the Supreme Court of Nepal organized two separate trainings for court officials on case management in August- September 2013. In total 57 officials from the case management division and writ division of the Supreme Court participated the trainings.

Large or complex cases require special timetables and procedures and case management is ideally suited for such cases. The objective of the training was to share the ideas of the Case Management Committee of the Supreme Court and invite inputs as well as commitment from officials to implement those ideas. The workshop also aimed at drafting an operating guidelines on case management in a participatory manner.

The trainings were facilitated by four joint registrars of the Supreme Court, Director General of Judgment Execution Directorate and Registrar of Appellate Court Patan. The workshops strongly raised the issues of drafting case management policy, introducing a timeline system, establishing specialized benches, categorizing cases according to their nature and procedural requirements, developing computer system for monitoring the case flow, differentiating the cases and the filing system, and strengthening internal monitoring oversight mechanism  for strengthening case management system in Nepali judiciary.

Participants discussed possible ways to introduce these ideas in actual work at the Supreme Court of Nepal. Both the participating court officials and the resource persons agreed that cases better managed would result into effective delivery of justice, which is reflected in people’s increased trust in the judiciary.