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Judiciary Considers Electronic Case Management System for Efficiency

The Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo says the project is part of the efforts to eliminate deliberate and administrative ineptitudes that frustrate the delivery of justice in courts of law.
Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Chigamoi Owiny-Dollo (C) alongside other Court of Appeal Justices at the opening of an ongoing session in Masaka

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The judiciary is rooting for a digital case management system to improve efficiency in the administration of justice.   

The Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo says the project is part of the efforts to eliminate deliberate and administrative ineptitudes that frustrate the delivery of justice in courts of law.  

According to Owiny-Dollo, once implemented, the system will enable litigants to access details and progress of their case files in an electronically built system, which will eventually solve incidents of missing files from registries. 

Ugandan courts of judicature are largely handling case files manually, in Manilla files that are kept in wooden shelves in the registry offices where they can easily be misplaced or destroyed.   According to Owiny-Dollo, the Electronic information management system will also enable judicial officers to access case files online as well as improve records keeping system.    

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Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Justice has also challenged the public to refrain from aiding corruption in the judiciary, arguing that they are also partly blamed for the inefficiencies in the system.    

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Court of Appeal Judge Remmy Kasule, who is currently holding a session in Masaka, says the development will improve internal communications in the judiciary and eliminate records interruptions. He says they will jointly lobby the government to financially support the idea and have it realized as soon as possible. 

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