BENEFITS

ADVANTAGES TO COURTS

The courts or public prosecutors can also send SMS to the citizen s mobile phone instead of preparing and sending physical legal summons. By this way it has been saved from the expenses of postal costs, time and paper. When the citizen immediately applies to the courts after receiving a SMS which costs 0.047 TL there is no need to send official summon which costs 4 TL which could be covered by parties. In most cases it proves to be more effective and quicker to send SMS to invite witnesses for giving evidence in the cases since they take it serious when they receive this message. In addition, with this system judges and prosecutors can be informed and notified by SMS about how many days remain from their annual day off limit, the decision of appointments, assignations, placements and also any kind of development in their personal file. 

BENEFITS AND EFFECTS ON JUDICIARY

This system has transformed the vision of judicial organs from a conservative state demanding information from individuals to a modern state swiftly providing information to them so as to prevent unjust treatments and irregularities. It also increases the quality of legal services by reducing the usage of sources of budget and ensuring utmost availability of getting information, preventing red tape.

All of the objectives of the Project have been achieved as a result huge workload of staff due to answering enquires of citizens in courts has been decreased significantly. Citizens can reach every kind of information about their cases anytime and from anywhere which provides efficient judicial services. It prevents the loss of time and money, and enables better access to justice. Citizen and lawyers save from time, labour force and expenses which are needed to go courthouses for obtaining information about the processes of their files. It becomes very easy for lawyers and citizens to access their case information via mobile phones which provides a substantial save in working hours of the judicial staff.

PERFECT LEGAL PROTECTION AND ALARMING SYSTEM 

The SMS information system provides a perfect legal protection and alarm system for citizens enabling them learning proceedings first hand. Citizens are given the possibility to check their cases without time and location restrictions ensuring full transparency in legal proceedings. It also accelerates the judicial processes. The system has decreased administrative and judicial burden so to enable workload practitioners to focus on their other priorities. It seems fairly clear that implementation of SMS information system has reduced the administrative and communications costs which would otherwise be done in a manual system. With this system, expenses of bureaucracy and postal costs are removed. After the system was put into practice which brings easiness to lawyers and citizens, it is not necessary to go to courthouses to get information about the phase of the case or to learn the date of the hearing and also they no longer have to pay travel costs to go to remote courts. 


Hence use of this system makes the justice system more efficient and transparent, engendering greater public trust and confidence in the judiciary and respect for the rule of law. Once a file or a claim is initiated by electronic means or any change occurs in the files within UYAP system, it directly falls into citizen’s and lawyer’s mobile phone and after that point it is so difficult to be neglected. Delivery of information through the use of SMS will facilitate and accelerate the access to courts as required by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

It also facilitates better access to justice for the disabled people, allowing them to learn about their cases without need to go to courts. In addition SMS information system has increased the awareness and the knowledge of the citizens making them strong in relations with their advocates and confident before courts. This may contribute to the quality of the judiciary. In addition, SMS information system works as a perfect alarming service, enabling citizen to take precautions without delay in case their ID is stolen, used and as a result they became a culprit. 

As a conclusion; global warming is considered one of the biggest threats for the humans in recent decades. SMS service is known to be effective in reducing CO2 emissions by helping to minimize the movement of people and goods and the use of paper and other office supplies. 

Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Justice, Department of Information Technologies | 2014