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Case Management Information System

Court of  Tax AppealsWith the aid of the United States Agency for International Development’s-Rule of Law Effectiveness (USAID-ROLE), the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA), developed the Case Management Information System (CTA-CMIS) for the primary purpose of improving the case processing time from filing of cases to its final disposition. The system is an automated management information system used as a tool by the Court to manage its caseload and improve case monitoring and evaluation of its adjudicatory functions. It was developed through the Committee on Records Management and Information Technology, headed by the Hon. Juanito C. Castañeda, Jr., as Chairperson, and by the CTA CMIS Users Management Sub-Committee chaired by Atty. Margarette Y. Guzman, Division Clerk of Court, First Division.

The first CTA-CMIS was implemented on September 5, 2008. It included data encoding of case events, payment of fees, raffle of cases, case disposition and post-disposition events. On April 26, 2011, the original system was modified to its Version 2.0 to comprise bar coding of pleadings and dockets, court calendar, case flow from filing, payment, docketing to case disposition and post disposition stage, audit trail and management status reports.

Despite the added features, there was still a need to improve Version 2.0. Hence, the Court, in collaboration with the American Bar Association-Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI), came up with Version 2.1 to be rolled out in 2014. It added the following features, namely: the creation of Templates for outgoing documents, review and approval mechanism, preparation of daily itinerary of travel for sheriffs and Process Servers, flexible search facility and help desk for users.

Today, the CTA-CMIS helps improve the overall efficiency of the Court in its administration of justice as it is used as a tool to promote transparency and minimize delay in the disposition of cases.