Judicial system to begin sending electronic notifications in February

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nicaragua's judicial system will implement an electronic notification system in February, local newspaper La Prensa reported.

The public defender's office will be the first division of the country's judicial system to implement the project, as a pilot program. According to project director Hector Ibarra, the goal is to modernize the judiciary's notification system and, at the same time, reduce costs.

A study found that it costs the state US$1.50 for every notification sent, which includes the material, messenger and delivery. According to the study, judges in Managua deliver 2,500 notifications a day. The same study found that electronic notification would cost the government between US$0.10 and US$0.30.

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After implementing the program in the public defender's office, Ibarra said it will then be taken to other judicial offices and, eventually, to litigation lawyers, law firms and banks. Other state organizations within the justice system include the prosecutor's office, attorney general's office, labor ministry (Mitrab), ministry of family, adolescence and childhood (Mifan), and police.

Notifications will be sent using a special email provided by the judiciary. People who opt for electronic notification will no longer be notified traditionally. Users will also be able to receive notification through their legal representatives.