Legal ( Courts and Case Management Systems) and Consulting Assignments

Trees Technologies, a Legal, Courts and Healthcare Informatics consultancy arm started working in the years 1995. Starting off as information systems developers for leading law firms on internal legal systems in Patent, Trade Marks, Copyright and Case Management. By Mid nineties by Trees started working with specific divisions on Legal /Courts informatics and Healthcare System in specific Laboratory Systems.

By late nineties, Trees was hired by Asian Development Bank's on Legal and Judicial Reforms project. This program was later expanded to broader extensive legal and judicial sectors program in the country. In 2002 Trees went on to develop a Case Management System for trial courts. Trees hold a unique team of dedicated professionals, Trained Court Staff and a very very successful model of Case Management system in the country.

With dedicated Legal and Court Informatics division, Trees worked on wide ranging artifacts like Information systems, Trainings, Performance and Case Tracking Tools to raise courts from ordinary public dealing offices to an integrated and dynamic information processing.

Trees Healthcare Informatics division side by side also started to flex its muscles. From 1993-2001 extensive works were done in the clinical laboratory information system which is 2002 started to expand into Hospital Management System. Over the next decade Trees has been involved in no of consulting's for development and Implementation for Hospitals, Clinics, Laboratories and other Healthcare unit. In 2012 the company moved to cloud based HIS products, which are effectively coupled with consulting arm to develop a landscape for enabling wider implementations.

Year Project Narrative

2014 Client : IFC World Bank Group

Carried out a TIME RELEASE STUDY at Wagah Border. Trade flow for import and exports were measured at each step along with interaction with manual and automated software driven processes. Extensive reporting followed survey and data compilation.

2012 Client : World Bank Group Diagnostic Study on Commercial Mediation Lahore

Carried a Diagnostic Study on Commercial Mediations For setup of Mediation Centre in Lahore. The project involved Survey and Data Collection of Cases. Survey Data Processing and Final Report and Recommendationsfor setting up mediation centers in Lahore

2011 IFC, International Finance Corporations, the World Bank Group

ON-Line Mediation Process Management and Progress Tracking

Karachi Centre of Dispute Resolution, an IFC funded project , the first of its kind in Pakistan is being made Online for all the cases it is handling. Further different stakeholder in online Mediation management
www.kcdr.org, http://mediateonline.kcdr.org
The Project involves setting up a Mediation Management System enabling KCDR to track each case under mediation, its progresses vis-a-vis each mediator, parties' feedback about mediators and Over tracking to facilitations to KCDR management and to member accounts within business community. Courts/Judges referral tracking will enable to tracking the overall impacts.
Phase-II project envisages to link the MCDR system to Court's Case Management System.
Model Framework development for Mediation Centre Cases Management, Mediation Sessions Management for in process cases, Performance Tracking of Mediators.
The project stand to derive much of its collateral from systems already built on case management in earlier projects.

2007 Electronic Govt. Directorate

District Level Case Management Program Replication. ( Sind Districts of Malir, Hyderabad, Larkana) Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana : Pakistan

The project was initiated by Sind High Court funded by Electronic Govt Directorate (EGD) for replication of Case Management Standards and Information System at District Judiciary in Sind Province. The project involved setting up execution infrastructure, Training (Judges, Training Material. Local Lingual Content) and Case Management and Cases/ Delay Tracking at each districts. The Program involved training and deployment at about eighty courts in three districts.

2002 Asian Development Bank

District Level Case Management Program Replication. ( Sind Districts of Online Case Management System for Courts in Pakistan

The project was initiated by Sind High Court as a follow-up to TA3433 pilot initiatives. The project involved setting up Case Management and Cases/ Delay Tracking at each court and judge level. Introduction of Stage to Stage time Standards. Providing litigants access to case Progress information via online mechanisms.
Trial Judiciary Case Management System Data Standards Design Case Flow Management Business Processes Design Training Contents for Judges, Readers, Stenos and Relevant Stakeholder Product Development and Implementation at Karachi East District having thirty five courts (Civil, criminal and family Courts) Sixteen Thousand Pending Cases Data Capturing and Entry Management

2000 Asian Development Bank

Core components of Projects involving pilot initiatives programs in following areas.
Enhance Institutional Capacity for Judicial and Legal Reform
Pilot Projects on Management Information Systems Initiatives:
Delay Reduction Projects in the District Courts:
Improving Access to Justice
Improving Awareness About and Strengthening Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures, Institutions::
Judicial Training

1998 The Asia Foundation

As consultant Mr. Asif Ali Khan was teamed up in Legal Information System Cluster Study in all the provincial High Courts, Supreme Court, Federal Judicial Academy. The assignment involved study of Legal information system's present state, Enabling recommendations for pilot initiatives at high courts and supreme court of Pakistani

1997 Asian Development Bank

DIAL (Development of the Internet for Asian Law) was a project funded by the Asian Development Bank which aimed to make it easier to find and use legislation-related materials on the Internet. DIAL is a free access one-stop starting point to the world of legal information on the Internet.
DIAL is a catalogue and search facility of legal materials on the Internet from all countries worldwide

1995 The Asia Foundation

Developed Electronic Legal- Referencing for State Bank Circulars of fifty Years, Associated Foreign Exchange Manuals and Cross Referencing.
Developed Pakistan's Statute Electronic Searchable / Text based/ Cross Linked/ Layered Text Showing Revision/Iterations in Law from point of start of project
Collection of Material for Source ( State bank of Pakistan, Ministry of Law, Law Firms)
Typing/ Cross linking
Electronically searchable Product
Training to Lawyers, Judges and Other Stakeholders

1995 The Asia Foundation

Feasibility study to assess the need, demand and market of the electronic legal reference material available in Pakistan. In particular, we were asked to:
1) Review of various classes of legal reference material with reference to electronic availability for referencing
2) Assess the appropriate strategy for software designing of each class of legal reference material
3) Recommend a preferred approach for distribution for multiple user access.
4) Evaluate the appropriate hardware and software platforms for computerization of each class of legal material
5) Asses the marketability of each class of information given local resources technological constraints, and market imperfections.
6) Estimate recurrent cost requirements to maintain, update and distribute each class of information.
For this purpose, sample of users consisting of Lawyers, Accountants, Banks, Financial Institutions and Multinationals were drawn from.
1) Difficulties faced by the users in the present set-up
2) Type and quantity of the available legal reference material
3) Methods and frequencies of accessing legal reference material
Study Objectives

2006-2007 Implementers and Consultants

Implementers and Consultants for implementing Case Management System at three districts under Electronic Govt Directorate Project. The project involved Setting up of Infrastructure, Implementation, Training of judges of more than 100 judges in four districts. The project also involved codifications and digitization of pending cases in three districts prior to start of Case Flow Management System.
Capacity Building and Deployment of Informatics system enabling connectivity within the courts and other stakeholders.
Lead expert on Business Process Engineering, Support to Institutional Reform. Provided advice, built capacity, and provide Transitional Methodology and Resource Development to Districts of MALIR, Hyderabad and Larkana.
Comprehensive Case Management System enabled Case Flow Tracking at each court level and overall district level. The system as linked to a provincial case monitoring system to enabling greater transparency, direct access to case information and causes of delays besides tracking each case at different stages. Provincial high courts were connected to system for online monitoring.
Districts of Karachi (Malir 13 Courts), Sind: Hyderabad, Sind: Larkana were setup with internal system of case management coupled with their respective web sites These web sites connected the litigant to daily case hearing list and case information.
All of the above districts were connected to a Transparent Online monitoring system called "AGEHI" http://agehi.treesvalley.com. The system enabled the superior judiciary to monitor the cases/delays/judges performances online.

2006 Electronic Govt Directorate Project

Data Formalization of specifically designed Form for Criminal, Civil and Family Cases for about twenty eight thousand cases in Malir, Hyderabad and Larkana Districts. The data was categorized and classified from case files to prescriber forms, then it was entered and verified for onward processing to be part of Case Management system.

2004

Conducted Performance Monitoring Workshops with Judges of Karachi East for about six months running to enforce adaptability of Case Flow Management and Review of Qualitative assessments of case dockets with Hon. Justice Zafer Ahmed Khan Sherwani

2003-2004 Karachi District East's

Karachi District East's was setup as first district in the country to have fully transparent system for case management in all its thirty five courts. Being the first district courts it Time, Delay and other performance parameters were developed for transparent monitoring of cases at each court and district level.
http://karachieast.treesvalley.com

2001-2002 Lead Consultants MIS in Asian Development Bank's (TA3433)

Lead Consultants MIS in Asian Development Bank's (TA3433) ( Strengthening of Institutional Capacity for Legal and Judicial Reforms). Based in earlier experiences and diagnostic study recommendations of ADB TA3015 ( 1998) a two stage roll out plan was laid. In the first stage a pilot of Case Flow Management at Supreme Court of Pakistan followed by Stage-2 an overall plan for IT-Enabling of Courts.
Setting up a basic IT Infrastructure in four provincial high courts including Supreme Court of Pakistan. Enabled a working group of managers of High Courts and Supreme Courts for building reform consensus and stakeholder participation. Conducted evaluation and assessed impact and sustainability of changes implemented, examining results achieved, efficiency, effectiveness. Analyzed best practices and lessons learned, and prepared recommendations under the final report of ADB's TA-3433.
Conducted five day training workshops on "CASE FLOW MANGEMENT SYSTEM" at Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad for MIS Managers of courts and Court administrators. (June 2002) Training for Trainer Programs for MIS managers of "High Courts and Supreme Court". May 2002.

1998-1999 MIS Consultants MIS in Asian Development Bank's

MIS Consultants MIS in Asian Development Bank's on Diagnostic Study for Legal Judicial Reform Project (TA 3015 Legal Information systems Cluster Study Group). Involved Extensive Study of all provincial high courts and Supreme Courts of their existing Workflow, Case Lifecycle Processes and basic Infrastructure. Prepared Recommendations, advised on LITIG Legal Information Technology Implementation Group) and Pilot Informatics Systems.

Year 2000 Consultant to WIPO

Consultant to WIPO ( World Intellectual Property Organization) on Patent and Trade Marks. assisted local offices in developed of specifications and contacting.

Year 1997

Acted as Pakistan's Survey consultant on Asian Development Bank's Project DIAL 1997, Conducted Survey and Prepared Report.

1997-1999 Enabling of State Bank Circulars

Enabling of State Bank Circulars fifty years of archive and developed a cross reference-able Pakistan Statute, the project was funded by The ASIA Foundations. Worked closely with Law firms and The Asia Foundation for access and delivery mechanisms.

1995-1996

Conducted three part feasibility study on a project funded by The Asia Foundation. The project involving survey of Advocates and Law Firms for making strategic guidelines for Legal Product development