Supreme Court Judges get ICT training

by | Jan 18, 2022 | Crime & Courts, Local News | 0 comments

 

• as Zimbabwe prepares for Integrated Case Management System

Brian Rungano Temba

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to reality the importance of ICTs in the management not only of Government business but in the management of the Judiciary.

In 2020, Supreme Court finalised 733 cases while in 2021 the courts finalised 519 cases.

The drop in figures was caused by closures forced by lockdowns and outbreaks.

As the gospel of social distancing and other Covid-19 containment measures has been preached, it became apparent that there is a need for technology and innovation to inform our systems.

This saw Government slowly injecting ICTs in the judiciary.

Minister of ICT and Courier Services Mr Jenfan Muswere last week commissioned the ICT training of Supreme Court Judges, which continuation of the JSC staff capacity building programme that began last year in August.

The training is in preparation of the new paperless case management system to be launched this year

“This training workshop comes at a time when the Chief Justice Luke Malaba has just opened the 2022 Legal Year; a year that will see the official launch of the Integrated Electronic Case Management System on 1 May 2022,” says Minister Muswere.

Some of the processes which will be adopted include e-filing of cases.

“This innovation will not only reduce physical contact but it will also increase efficiency in the judiciary and ensure that the Judicial Services Commission lives up to its vision to provide “world class justice for all.”

As this system is launched it is important for judicial officials and staffers alike to be equipped with adequate ICT skills that will allow them to utilise the Integrated Electronic Case Management System with ease,” Minister Muswere added.

The capacity building programme last year targeted Magistrate and High Court Judges and their staff.

Trainers are drawn from the Ministry of ICT.

“I have no doubt, therefore that the launch of the Integrated Electronic Case Management System will find our Judicial Officers of the superior courts fully equipped and capacitated to use the Integrated Electronic Case Management System.

 

E-skilling of our judicial officers is a key staff development initiative that will ensure that the judiciary is not left behind in the digital age as envisaged by Vision 2030,” added Minister Muswere.