The Tribunal + project is now present in 11 other courts, in addition to the "pioneers" Sintra, Almada, Santa Maria da Feira and Setúbal.
Since Monday, there are another 11 "+" courts in Portugal, as well as courts where citizens who turn to Justice can handle various matters, or be redirected to the correct services, from a single space.
In addition to Sintra, where everything began in 2016, and the "pilots" Almada, Santa Maria da Feira and Setúbal, there is now Tribunal + in Guimarães, Barcelos, Braga, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Bragança, Castelo Branco, Covilhã, Fundão, Évora , Montemor-o-Velho and Faro.
By the end of the year, the project will reach Guarda, Leiria, Caldas da Rainha (I and IV), Pombal, Lisbon (PJGrande), Funchal, Amarante, Marco de Canavezes, Paredes, Penafiel, Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Vila Real, Chaves, Entroncamento, Santarém, Viseu, Lamego, Águeda, Aveiro, Oliveira de Azeméis, Ponta Delgada and Beja, passing for a total of 35 spaces.
The number of courts with a simplified counter increases to 50 as early as January next year, and "the expectation is that by the end of 2019 the Court + will be in all districts," said Justice Minister Francesca Van Dunem at the session presentation of the new stages of the project, this Monday in Guimarães.
In addition to streamlining procedures and improving time for court cases, the Court + also has effects at the "rear", ie in court secretariats, notably by adopting methods to expedite the work of judicial officials, such as automating processes.
This "streamlining" should result in savings (in working time eliminated or in direct impact) of 35 million euros per year, according to an estimate made by the Executive, which is included in the Stability Program for the period from 2018 to 2022, presented in last April.
The projected increase in the project to the whole country is estimated from the sum of the benefits provided for in the pilot project of the Sintra Palace of Justice, extrapolated to the national territory, in relation to the optimization of the human resources of the secretariats, (31%) and administrative tasks (18%), "explained the Government in the Stability Program.