Peshawar: With the support of the European Union, the UNODC in partnership with the National Counter Terrorism Authority and the Prosecution Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa launched a Case Management and Monitoring System (CMMS) at an inauguration ceremony in Peshawar today.
The inauguration ceremony of CMMS was attended by senior officials from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Home Secretary, Inspector General Police and Director General Prosecution. , Ambassador of the European Union, UNODC Country Representative along with the NACTA representative also participated in the event. The chief guest on the occasion was honorable Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Azam Khan.
The newly launched system has been designed under the framework of Pakistan’s Action to Counter Terrorism Project. It will greatly decrease the dependency of Prosecutors on physical case files as it enables digitization of cases across the province for the first time. Itprovides the Prosecution Department with a secured in-house database on case laws, knowledge-networkand peer monitoring combined with an advanced scheduling calendar option for improving their day-to-day work management.
The system was developed by a leading team of IT experts from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in close consultation with the Prosecution Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to meet their organizational needs and requirements with an overall aim to modernize their case management and monitoring practices.
A detailed presentation on CMMS was delivered by Director General Prosecution Mr. Adnan Zafar who highlighted upon various features and tools available within the system and said, “This initiative was the need of the hour as the prosecution practices of case management and monitoring were outdated and mostly relied on conventional methods.”
In his brief remarks Chief Secretary Mr. Khan appreciated the support being delivered to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under Pakistan’s Action to Counter Terrorism Project by UNODC and the European Union.He also mentioned that by having a Case Management and Monitoring System in place Prosecutors would be able to complete their tasks more effectively and CMMS would strengthen oversight, accountability and transparency during the various stages of the criminal justice process.
EU Ambassador Mr. Jean-Francois Cautain said, “The European Union stands firmly in providing assistance to our Pakistani counterparts in their difficult tasks of countering terrorism and in implementation of the rule of law in general. Today we have witnessed an excellent example of our co-operation which has led to the creation of such a necessary tool for prosecution. By using this tool, the prosecutors will be able to do their work more efficiently which will lead to a more secure environment for theKhyberPakhtunkhwa’s public in general.‘’
“Our office facilitated key meetings between provincial stakeholders and the developers of CMMS from October 2017 to March 2018 and today’s launch is a result of a strong Public-Private partnership. The CMMS is an excellent example of how the Criminal Justice Sector in Pakistan could benefit from innovative solutions from the private sector,” said the Country Representative of UNODC Mr. Cesar Guedes.
As a symbolic gesture to mark the inauguration of CMMS, Chief Secretary Mr. Khan loggedin to the system using his own credentials in presence of all the participants before giving away Mementos as a token of appreciation.