Mesut Orta, judge and Vice President of IT Department of the Turkish Ministry of Justice, will speak at the IT Leader 2010 Forum
Mr. Orta has supervised a project that resulted in the complete digitalization of document flow between judicial departments of the Turkish Ministry of Justice, entirely eliminating the exchange of paper documents. Today, more than 40,000 employees of the Turkish Ministry of Justice (98% of the entire staff) use electronic signatures in their daily activities. There are no longer any registration books or hardcopy documents in the courts. Judges and lawyers use legal documents from the UYAP system's data bank. Thanks to online availability of all court functions, citizens now can have their questions answered online and receive text message notifications about any changes. Implementing these innovations to the judicial process enabled to protect the environment and save people time.
Mesut graduated from the School of Computer Programming at Dokuz Elyul University, and then earned a law degree in 1996. He later earned a master's degree in federal law. Mesut is currently engaged in postgraduate studies at Selcuk University in Turkey, and is also a software developer..
Mr. Orta began his career as an apprentice judge before being promoted to the position of criminal court judge two years after. Later, thanks to his work with the Institute for Counterterrorism (ICT), he was appointed a reporting judge in the Turkish Ministry of Justice's Department of Information Technology. In 2005, he was promoted to the position of Vice President of the ICT department, where he is responsible for developing software and administering the UYAP national court system.
In 2003 he was elected a member of a commission founded by the Turkish Parliament to draft an electronic-signature law. In 2005, inspired by the opportunities presented by electronic signatures, Mesut published a book with the same title. He has published an article in the Notary Journal magazine about jurisprudence matters in the IT area..
In 2008-2009, he took an English course in the United Kingdom and learned how IT systems were used by that country's courts. He has given presentations on Turkey's UYAP electronic legal system at a number of seminars and conferences. He has taught classes at the Near Eastern State Institute in Turkey on legal and technological issues relating to the use of electronic signatures. He has taught classes about jurisprudence in the IT area for apprentice judges at the Turkish Academy of Justice.
About IT Department of Turkish Ministry of Justice
Turkish Ministry of Justice is a general supervisory body that oversees the activities of criminal/civil and administrative courts in Turkey. It includes the IT Department, which deals with the installation, use, and maintenance of information systems in central and regional divisions of the Ministry of Justice. The Department of Information technology provides access to legal materials thanks to the digitization of all laws, legal precedents, academic publications, regulatory acts, and other domestic and international legal documents. Employees of the Department are responsible for creating the most efficient system to process information and document management, and develop software taking into account the IT market innovations. The Personnel Training Department and the IT Department are responsible for training the staff in using PCs in central and regional divisions of the Ministry of Justice.