"Mammouth at Central Hosting," or MaCH for short, is the software with which all the public prosecutor and trial court offices are going to be working. So far, the system has been set up in all the courts of the justices of the peace, the public prosecutor offices, police courts and criminal courts in Belgium. The central case management application currently contains around 108 million filings which can be accessed by 53% of the 10,144 employees of the judicial powers.
In 2007, each police prosecutor's office and the associated police court was still working with a local server where all the data was stored. At that time, the public prosecutor's office and court registrar's staff had to call to request certain information. Now the information is stored on a secure central server that employees can access online using the MaCH application. In addition, this information center is now available 24/7, which is much appreciated, since even when updates are running on Saturdays, for instance, the courts are still working at full capacity.
A traffic offense case is handled quickly
Ivan Verborgh, ICT Staff Director at SPF Justice says, "Data from and for the local justices of the peace courts and the police courts have been available for some time now, and in 2018 we also brought the criminal trial courts online. The challenge that now awaits us is to bring the labor and commercial courts onto MaCH. In future, we also want to link our platform to a series of software applications used by the many administrations with whom we are now working closely. By centralizing all this information and making it available to all the relevant legal bodies, the SPF is proactively investing in a more transparent and cost-effective service, which is also up-to-date, thanks to a new and robust IT infrastructure."