HE THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE SPEECH :
All praise be to Allah, Who has taught (the writing) by the pen, and Who has taught man that which he knew not. And peace by upon the Prophet, whose revelation started with “Read!”, and who released the prisoners after the battle of “Badr” on condition of teaching reading and writing to the illiterate.
The blessed Renaissance march of Oman has set off relying on science and education as an approach and methodology towards a bright future for the Sultanate, in order to enter the third millennium with stronger capacity to respond to the needs and requirements of the modern day.
And pursuant to the Royal Directives of His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, stressing the need for benefiting from science and knowledge, keeping track of the latest innovations in this regard, and recognizing the important role of the information and communication technology as a main drive of development in the third millennium, the Ministry of Justice has unified its efforts with the other government bodies to enter the digital era, and move steadily towards the computerization of the entire business process, within the transformation process into the eGoverment, as envisaged in the national development strategy.
In line with the role played by the Ministry of Justice in serving the law and justice through its apparatuses supporting the concept of judicial independence, and providing assistance to judges through advocates, experts, notaries, management and investment of the orphans ad minors funds, in addition to the significant support provided to courts through the arbitration and reconciliation committees which, as revealed by the statistics, share up to the half of these courts’ burden, not to mention the tremendous assistance offered by the Higher Judicial Institute, which is responsible for qualifying the future judges and jurists such as public prosecutors and lawyers, as well as all the clerks needed by the courts, such as the secretaries and bailiffs; and its role in promoting and integrating scientific research within the judiciary, legal and Islamic Law branches; great efforts are being exerted currently so that the e-Justice solution that covers all the sectors under the supervision of the Ministry would become a main pillar of the e-Judiciary system, after linking it with 17 government entities, including the Judiciary Administrative Affairs Council, CBO, and ROP.
The Notary Public Departments represent one of the most remarkable achievements of the Ministry in terms of e-applications, such as the e-fingerprint system, which is electronically linked with the Directorate General of Civil Status, enabling the notaries to verify the applicants’ ID, in addition to the link between the Notary Public Departments across the Sultanate with the Ministry’s website, which makes it possible to obtain documents and powers of attorney among other official documents, and to make appointments with the notaries, as well as facilitating the service for the individual with no online access to the service through making it accessible at transaction clearance offices (Sanad) throughout the country, in such a way that helps the customers with no IT knowledge by entering their data for them, as well as the IVR service that provides the possibility of verification of proxies, in terms of validity or cancellation, electronically.
The remaining sectors within the e-Justice system will be fully integrated so that the performance would be computerized and digitalized in the future.
The continuous updating of this website represents one of the key achievements of the young IT staff at the Ministry, and we highly appreciate their efforts to make the e-Justice concept a practice, an application and an approach within the comprehensive e-Government.
Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Al Khalili, Minister of Justice