On Aug. 1, 2022, the National Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office restarted operations with the eCase Management System, which were suspended on February 24.
The eCase MS was launched at NABU on Dec. 16, 2021. However, its implementation was interrupted by the war — at 5 a.m. on February 24, the server equipment was dismantled and relocated to a safe place. It was only at the beginning of June that the eCase MS setup process was resumed.
"We have updated the system with the cases started during the war, and we continue to work on the development of the eCase MS. Linking HACC judges to the system and its integration with the Unified Register of Pretrial Investigations are our priorities. We plan to complete these processes by the end of the year," said project manager Denys Hiulmahomedov.
Notably, with the full-scale aggression of the russian federation, every law enforcement agency in Ukraine faced the issue of preserving the materials of criminal proceedings and investigative cases. While the National Bureau managed to quickly take the files away from the capital, colleagues from other law enforcement agencies had to destroy them in some cases.
Under such conditions, the eCase MS is able to ensure the preservation of case files. After all, the materials are stored electronically with the use of backup measures, so the transfer of the entire array of criminal proceedings can take a matter of hours.
The development of eCase MS started in 2019 with the technical, expert, and financial support of the European Union Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine. eCase MS provides for the gradual transition of the paper-based criminal process with the participation of NABU, SAPO, and the HACC into electronic format. Such a step is intended to increase the efficiency of investigations, ensure the transparency of anti-corruption bodies and save resources.