e-Mobile Court System

Empowering citizens through making legal system more accessible

Empowering citizens to access court services by sending online complaint to deliver justice and ensuring transparent, speedy, efficient online-based Mobile Court. Show more

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hirteen year old Nitu is an eighth-grade student of a school only half a kilometer away from where she lived with her family in Chittagong district. On her way to school, she was often stalked by her 22-year-old male neighbor and some of his friends who used to block her way and gave out vulgar comments, smutty jokes and even made indecent exposures. The neighbor was alleged to have been stalking her and her friends for several months. One day she saw a TV advertisement on e-Mobile Court System and was surprised to learn how she could easily use her father’s smart phone and send a complaint through www.ecourt.gov.bd against the boys to the District Magistrate.  Formerly afraid of the complex system of lodging a complaint, she now did that easily. After only three days, the mobile court team went to the spot and caught and punished the culprits and brought justice to Nitu and the other girls in the neighborhood. She was even pleased to find a notification in her father’s mobile saying ‘Your complaint has been disposed off’. Now girls like Nitu in the rural backwaters of Bangladesh can easily take help from the legal system without facing the seemingly complex system or fear of being vilified by the society.

Important features improving efficiency and responsiveness

Through the e-Mobile Court System, the Executive Magistrates conduct a whole set of functions pertaining to Mobile Court – a court that moves from place to place, find offenders on their crime and deliver justice on the spot –  such as, receiving complaint, preparing seizure list, framing charge, recording confessional statement and passing verdict on an online platform quite easily and quickly. Through this online system:

  • The citizens can easily inform or complain against any crime directly to the District Magistrate or to the Executive Magistrate of their respective jurisdictions.
  • They can know about news and facts of Mobile Court operation and its impact on safeguarding citizens’ rights.
  • Higher authorities can supervise and monitor the mobile court’s activities throughout the country. This has ensured increased accountability and transparency in mobile court operation and is helping better policy-making and prompt decision making at the time of crisis.
  • The citizens can collect certified copies of the Mobile Court’s case records requiring to spend less time, cost and visit (Time-86%, Cost-70% & Visit-70%), and
  • Quick & smart judgment have increased the court’s operation efficiency by 40%.

At present e-Mobile Court System is being implemented in all districts of Bangladesh under the supervision of the Cabinet Division. The Ministry of Home Affairs, ICT Division and Bangladesh Computer Council have also lent support to implement the system. Capacity development training on the usage of the e-Mobile Court system, having the District Magistrates coordinating the events, are now being conducted by a2i for the relevant officials at the district level.

Road ahead
This intervention created a hope that this system will be replicated in the whole of Judiciary especially for case management. Judiciary in Bangladesh is under pressure of huge case backlog that has been causing ineffable suffering of the justice-seekers. It is expected if this system can be customized for the use of the whole of judiciary such case backlogs will eventually be reduced.
This system promotes ICT in judicial system and contributes in reducing harassment in court. It directly contributes in achieving goal no. 16 of SDGs by ensuring good governance.

Cases and Stories


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Assisting Women to Raise Their Voice Against Domestic Violence

Selina, a 17 years old girl, now is staying with her grandmother in a destitute condition after the divorce with her husband. At the age of 13, before…

Assisting Women to Raise Their Voice Against Domestic Violence

Problem: 

Selina, a 17 years old girl, now is staying with her grandmother in a destitute condition after the divorce with her husband. At the age of 13, before preparing mentally, physically and psychologically for the responsibility of the marriage, she was forcefully got married with Shahabuddin, a man of 35. According to her saying “The only reason my husband’s family got married their son to me because they need a servant- that’s all”. His husband, mother in law and father in law badly beaten up her for any single mistake in daily chores but she had to tolerate everything since she had no place to live and no job to do for not getting any education. Besides, her paternal family never gave her any good food to eat and well dress to get up. Thus she became very sick physically and mentally during her pregnancy period and consequently gave birth a dead baby boy.  Then after few days her husband gave her divorce and married again.

Selina is by no means unique. In fact, this type of violence against women is the common event in our society. The practice of early marriage and violence against women and children were very frequent events at the Bashantapur village of Kaligonj.  By realizing the fact that these type of activities have really a bad effect on the society that has led a sick culture, an Upazila Women Affairs Officer had come up a with a thought to stop these violence against women and children. To do so, at first she tried to find out, what are the background causes of this violence and got

  • Due to financial dependency on men, women tolerate domestic violence and can never play a preventive role against it
  • Lack of power and control, as well as traditional behavior and social norms make women reluctant to come in Upazila Women Affairs Office with their problem to seek help
  • Administration was not enough conscious to prevent violence

There was no statistical data/information on the incidence of violence of all kinds against women and children which makes difficult to identify perpetrators to punish them and victims for any further support.

Solution: 

To identify the victims, a survey has been conducted. Through this survey a database containing the information about victims has been made to assess the necessary support to them.  For empowering women so that they would not become the victim of such violence and can protest against it as well as different trainings on the basis of their need are provided them to become more self confident, financially independent.

Result:

The program can able to bring a significant and positive change in the economic, reproductive health and familial life of the women. After implementing the project, the women become more self-confident and self-reliant. Victims like Selina, who have lost all hopes of their life, now start to believe that they can also lead a normal and independent life. Moreover, some other gaining has achieved, such as

  • The rate of violence is reduced significantly by 60%
  • Women become self-reliant to prevent violence against them
  • Also women become financially independent by taking various trainings and starting small business and less dominated by men
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