The Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) held its first fully remote hearing on 7 and 8 April, with judges, court staff and lawyers all appearing from different locations across four different countries, ensuring that access to justice is maintained during the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The hearing was livestreamed to allow members of the public to observe proceedings.
The QICDRC routinely employs state-of-the-art technology to ensure efficient and cost-effective access to justice. Since its launch in 2018, the eCourt system has offered users a paperless e-case management solution that covers the full court process lifecycle – from case filing to issuance of a judgment.
Commenting on the online hearing, Faisal al-Sahouti, CEO of the Qatar International Court, said: “As we continue to navigate the unique challenges and preventive measures posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Qatar International Court remains steadfast in its commitment to serve as a platform for timely and important legal decisions.”
“We are well-equipped to face current challenges and adapt our digital systems where necessary to ensure a full online-based format for our users. Our first fully remote hearing has been a great success, and we will continue to rely on the eCourt system to keep important channels of communication open and deliver seamless legal and judicial services right to our users’ homes,” he added.
eCourt can be accessed from any portable electronic device to retrieve case files, attend virtual court hearings, and send or receive communications from anywhere in the world. Available in both English and Arabic, eCourt is integrated with the Qatar International Court’s virtual hearing capabilities.