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Court files online trial


Cite as: December 2011 85(12) LIJ, p.14

The Supreme Court is stepping further into the digital age with the trial of a new electronic case management system.

The RedCrest system provides a one stop shop for judges and legal parties to easily access court files online at any time.

Users will be issued with a username and password to retrieve electronic files and the system will require little or no training.

The pilot of the system was launched in the Supreme Court’s Technology, Engineering and Construction (TEC) List in September and all new cases in the TEC List are expected to use the system.

All case files will be able to be viewed via the internet, making it simple to track the progress of a case and providing more flexible access to documents filed in a proceeding.

The system allows parties to file documents, pay filing and issuing fees, and check upcoming court dates online.

LIV Litigation Lawyers Section chair Nicole Feeney said the RedCrest system meant paper files would no longer need to be hauled into court for every directions or interlocutory hearing. “The judge will be able to determine the progress of a proceeding by viewing the information online rather than wading through a physical paper file,” she said.

Ms Feeney said the system would improve communications between opposing parties and the Court by providing easier and quicker access to information online.

“This may [also] reduce the number of documents required to be located and copied and indexed in the compilation of briefs for counsel and similarly for court books,” she said.

If the trial is successful it is expected that RedCrest will be rolled out across the Court.

The present bushfire class actions will be among the cases to be included in the trial.

The RedCrest system was an initiative of Justice Vickery, the judge in charge of the Supreme Court’s TEC List.


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