The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has launched the first phase of the family documentation programme electronically, within the framework of the national initiative to develop justice systems and develop and update all electronic services.
Judge Dr Khaled Al Roumi, Head of the Family Documentation Department, said that within the framework of the digital project for documentation services, the department has begun to re-engineer procedures, reduce the number of services provided, and take advantage of modern technology in providing updated information to individuals and government agencies through direct electronic links by providing data in an easy-to-read way electronically at individuals when used by other parties.
As part of the digital development plans, the Family Authentication Department launched the first package of the electronic family documentation initiative in an experimental manner in January, including the service of marriage contracts and the issuance of the marriage card electronically.
Accordingly, the marriage contract is currently issued electronically instead of the paper through an integrated electronic system that starts from the stage of application by the individual and is completed through the Marriage official via smart devices. The contract form is signed by the parties to the contract electronically.
After completing these electronic stages, the documents of the electronic marriage contract are also sent to the Documentation Department through the digital programme to be reviewed, approved and documented through the programme’s electronic platform.
The electronic marriage contract is then made available through the national authentication system on the family documentation portal, with the issuance of a paper copy of the contract based on an electronically filled out contract form, including the authentication number, on a quality paper characterised by security features that cannot be forged, issued by police printing houses and including modern designs.
In the same development plans, a new service was launched, which is the possibility of issuing a marriage card, which is similar to the personal card in shape and comes within the procedures to facilitate individuals by using only the main data from the marriage contract and easy to use and carry when needed to be used by government agencies that have not yet met the direct link with The superior committee of justice.
The card includes an electronic bar code that includes all the data and is updated electronically to update the status of the marriage contract (in the case of validity or in the event of the contract being suspended due to the presence of a divorce certificate registered on the personal data).
This card comes as an alternative to a number of other services that were canceled by virtue of the digital transformation of services, such as the service of “proving the continuity of marriage” or “requesting an updated true copy of the marriage contract” and the accompanying request to bring witnesses.
It was linked with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on the electronic data exchange platform to provide a statement of social status “married / divorced / single / widowed” to the competent authorities to update their data through the platform and to stop directing auditors to submit an updated certificate proving the case.
Beneficiaries can apply for the service of issuing a marriage card for a previous contract and specify the receipt request by attending the family court building or delivering the card as well as other services through the Qatar Post service.