ASTANA – National Information Technologies (NIT) and the Association of Legal Consultants Chambers signed an agreement Feb. 15 to provide legal consultants’ and lawyers’ services through E-Law Assistance, the Unified System of Legal Information (USLI).
The e-service will optimise the activities of legal advisers and lawyers, provide prompt public access to government information systems, minimise paperwork and reduce financial costs. The system will provide access to both standard and reference information. It integrates the information systems such as the Adilet system on adilet.zan.kz.
In addition to launching USLI, access to information and legal systems on Adilet will also be changed. The modifications will include more user-friendly interface and registered users will be able to comment on and evaluate the text of regulatory legal acts. Law consultants and lawyers can create a personal account at zan.gov.kz.
The association will also integrate USLI into the information systems of the Kazakh Supreme Court, Prosecutor General’s Office, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Healthcare, Unified Accumulative Pension Fund and Securities Registrar and Astana Department of Justice. USLI will allow searching for documents in any of the information systems.
The association developed an enforcement plan that it will fully incorporate by the end of the year. During the first quarter of 2019, the system will run as a test and be examined for the security of shared information.
The Astana Department of Justice explained and discussed the use of USLI Feb. 19 to lawyers and legal consultants. Kazakh lawyers from the capital, Aktau, Almaty, Karaganda, Kokshetau, Kostanai, Kyzylorda, Pavlodar and Shymkent previously provided explanatory workshops. The programme was part of the memorandum signed among the Ministry of Justice, Legal Advice Chamber and NIT.
The e-service is part of the new Law on Advocacy and Legal Assistance signed July 5 by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The Ministry of Justice and Kazakh lawyers have been discussing and developing the e-resource for the last three years.
“Lawyers do not have free access to necessary and important information for prompt and timely service provision,” said Bakytgul Atagiyeva, Director of the Registration Service Department and Ministry of Justice Legal Services Organisation, at an Oct. 19, 2017 press briefing. “The E-Law system will allow interaction among themselves [lawyers], associations and the state.”