Tech in everything

The SAJ is a procedural management system created to facilitate the exchange of information in procedural procedures. Its main objective is to speed up resolutions through virtual services aimed at lawyers, citizens and justice workers. 

Count on the help of this technology in justice It is also a way of centralizing and integrating information for strategic action. Continue reading and understand how this feature works.

Impact of justice and technology on society  

Automating, simplifying and accelerating procedural management is essential to save time and assertiveness in legal proceedings. In this sense, the impacts of technology on justice benefit not only collaborators in the exchange of information between integrated courts, but also the citizens themselves who await resolutions.

To get an idea of ​​how vast the flow of information is in procedural procedures, consider that, every day, almost 15 thousand proceedings at the São Paulo Court of Justice. Other data extracted from Datajud (referring to 2022) also illustrate the dimension of this demand on a daily basis: 

  • 2.300 tax enforcement processes for charges from city halls and the state to individuals and legal entities;
  • 150 cases involving domestic violence, in addition to 8 cases of non-compliance with a protective measure, 6 cases of crimes provided for in the statute of children and adolescents, and 108 cases relating to unpaid child support;
  • 5 cases of administrative improbity and active corruption;
  • 785 cases of compensation for moral or material damage;
  • 86 hospital medical treatment processes and 94 emergency guardianships;
  • 118 for deprivation of liberty and 145 for drug trafficking and similar conduct.

In other words, the paralysis of Justice or any interruption in the provision of services would cause irreparable damage to individuals, companies and society as a whole.

Therefore, having a system that optimizes this procedural management is also a way of exercise citizenship, ensuring that duties are fulfilled and that rights are preserved.

How technology became an ally of Justice

Since 2006, with the promulgation of the Law No. 11.419, the processing of processes electronically began to be accepted in Brazil. This made it possible for Courts, as had been happening in the corporate world, to take advantage of numerous technologies to manage the growing demand for the judiciary in Brazil as a mediator of conflicts, 100% digitally.

Softplan is one of the pioneers in this process, as it developed the first version of SAJ for Courts in 1992, in partnership with the Court of Justice of Santa Catarina. At that time, and in the following 10 years, with the entry of courts from other states, the SAJ became notable as a “medium” tool to support judicial provision.

The SAJ basically automated and organized notary and office operations (such as distribution, joining, text editing, calculations and hearing agendas) and distributed functions within the judicial units.

With the advancement of legislation in 2006, the SAJ was repositioned to be the final and only system of the Court, unifying all your internal operations, including interactions with the parties, all digitally, without the need for paper and with guaranteed data security.

It was also from this milestone that Softplan began to develop versions of the SAJ to specifically serve the two other main Justice actors: Legal Attorneys e Public Ministries.

How the SAJ is positioned in the courts

In summary, we can say that the way the SAJ is positioned in the courts favors procedural management in three main axes: financial, productivity and speed, which is nothing more than gaining speed in processes without losing accuracy in analysis.

From 2007 onwards, the SAJ began to operate in an integrated manner with other bodies, such as post offices, Prosecutor e Legal Attorneys. This integration further optimized procedural procedures, especially in the sense of “shortening distances”, eliminating the need for travel.

Furthermore, repetitive procedures such as consultations, printing and filings have gained speed or are even no longer necessary, thus avoiding paper waste, for example. After all, with the electronic system, archiving became digital, as did signatures. All this without compromising information security.

Softplan’s impact on the courts’ view

Inside the newly created ESG program at Softplan, the company opened a work front with the courts to map the most significant impacts (positive, negative, real or potential) on the operation and strategy of these institutions.

From this mapping, it was possible to observe that technology in justice contributes to procedural procedures in the following aspects:

  • Reduced environmental impact (paperless);
  • Expanding access to the system by external users (citizens, companies and other institutions);
  • Democratization and transparency in public service for the society;
  • Guarantee of compliance with laws and good data privacy practices for external and internal users;
  • Guarantee of security and inviolability of data controls of different access levels, configurable by the institution
  • Compliance with CNJ requirements, standards and resolutions;
  • Improvement in working conditions and team productivity;
  • Promoting digital transformation and a culture of innovation.

Understand more about how technology is working in the legal sector in the article The Impact of Generative Artificial Intelligence on Brazilian Justice!

Tiago Melo

Tiago Melo

Tiago is an economist and has a PhD in business economics, with a focus on social responsibility from the University of Salamanca, in Spain. He has been at Softplan since 2013 and has worked in all justice verticals, as a new business analyst and product manager. During this period, he contributed to several high-impact initiatives at the company, such as the development of work fronts and analytics solutions, artificial intelligence and the development of products aimed at the private market for large legal plaintiffs. He represented Softplan presenting cases and solutions at numerous international events, such as COP23 (UN Conference of the Parties) in Bohn, Germany, twice at the Hill Innovation Justice Forum in Haya, the Netherlands, among others. Tiago has published several scientific articles related to Justice and Efficiency in magazines such as Digital Democracy and Electronic Government and Economic Analysis of Law Review. Tiago works on the initiative to structure an ESG program at Softplan.

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