A laptop with "Court hearing" phrase- photo/ Egypt Today
CAIRO – 5 November 2020: An Alexandria court held on Thursday the first online hearing session, in a bid by the Ministry of Justice to upgrade the courts with digital transformation and reduce face-to-face interaction amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
This move aims at facilitating the judiciary services for the citizens, and reducing the congestion in the corridors of courts, in light of the preventive and precautionary measures to curb the virus spread.
The Alexandria court has equipped 30 halls allocated for misdemeanor cases with digital devices, and 6 other halls for the pretrial detention.
The online session, which was held on a pretrial detention case, was attended by Minister of Justice Omar Marwan to test it before applying this new service in the courts nationwide.
In March 2020, the Minister of Justice closed the Egyptian courts for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.