Justice Kiryabwire noted that currently some cases are mismanaged during entry in the registry where they are recorded in books badly by clerks before the information is transferred to computers.
Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire the head of Judiciary's Information , Communication and Technology Committee Addressing the Judges on the 22nd Annual Judges Conference
Several judges have confessed their inability to use the Electronic
Case Management System and asked the judiciary to organise for them training
sessions to acquire the necessary skills.
This came to the fore during the 22nd Annual Judges
Conference held under the theme "Discharging the mandate of the Judiciary:
Towards a Modern Professional and Effective Judiciary.”
all started after Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire,
the head of the Judiciary's Information and Communication Technological
Committee asked the Judges to embrace the Electronic Case Management System so
as to eliminate duplication in their work.
Justice Kiryabwire noted that currently some cases are
mismanaged during entry in the registry where they are recorded in books badly
by clerks before the information is transferred to computers.
He explained that
because of the voluminous files, which also
occupy a lot of space, sometimes it becomes very difficult to access some
encouraged the judges to embrace the Electronic
Case Management System for filing, executing, notifying, and court payments
Justice Kiryabwire’s submission drew reactions from
several judges, saying they lack sufficient knowledge and skills to use the
Supreme Court Judge Professor Lillian Tibatemwa said they
need to dedicate one court room where demonstrations can be held to show them
how to use the internet to do execution and payments.
Wolayo said she needed for instance to be taught how one can obtain witness
statements and admit evidence using the electronic case management system.
Justice Patricia Basaza on the other hand said she knows
some Judges who can’t even use search engines, saying there is need to reach
out to telecom service providers to give them the necessary support.
In 2019, the Judiciary Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana
unveiled the Shillings 9 billion Electronic Case Management System after
signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Synergy International Systems
Incorporated to help improve efficiency
in the judiciary.
Although some judges are in favor of the system, Supreme
Court Judge Ezekiel Muhanguzi, who first made a disclaimer saying he wasn’t a
Prophet of doom, argued that he knows that the system can’t work in Uganda
because of unreliable network.
the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe said that
everything is applicable as long as Judges have a positive attitude towards it.
He noted that the same has been applied in countries like Rwanda, Lesotho and
Malaysia with huge success.