The Judiciary has launched an Electronic Case Management
Information System –ECCMIS.
The system once rolled out at the beginning of the New Law Year
2022, is expected to reduce contact between the litigating public and court
staff, a move that is expected to curb corruption. Currently, the Judiciary is
using the Court Case Administration System which has been criticized for being
prone to corruption and delaying justice.
It will provide a portal where one logs in and registers
his or her case file. It will also have security safeguards that allow someone
access to only information that they are entitled to and also deter anyone from
corrupting the data.
Speaking at the launch of the system, Chief Justice Alfonse Owinyi-Dollo at the Judiciary Headquarters in Kampala, Dollo explained
that the ECCMIS portal will provide the ability for parties to receive
notifications about any process or action on any case in court through messages
on mobile phones and email.
"The abilities point to a mobile court now in your hands
accessible via your mobile device. One can e-file from anywhere and at any time
of the day unlike the current system that is limited to 8 am to 5 pm working
hours", said Owiny-Dollo.
The Chief Justice adds that to enable access to justice and bring
it closer to the people, the judiciary will set up ECCMIS Digital Kiosks to assist
the litigants who are unable to electronically file cases.
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According to Owiny-Dollo, they will also train lawyers next month and
some of the judiciary staff to get accustomed to the system.
The Chairperson of the ECCMIS Steering Committee Justice Fredrick
Egonda- Ntende noted that the implementation will be done in a phased approach
to avoid a stampede that may result in inefficient use of the system.
According to Justice Egonda- Ntende the system will be piloted in some
courts across Kampala that includes the Law Development Centre Magistrates
Court, Mengo, Nakawa, Makindye and Buganda Road, Court of Appeal and Supreme
It will then be extended to Jinja High Court, Kakira Magistrates
Court, Bugembe Magistrates Court, and Chief Magistrates Court in Jinja.
Justice Egonda-Ntende says besides curbing down on corruption, the
ECCMIS will bring services closer to people in a transparent manner and address
challenges like case blogs among others.
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The Minister of Finance Maria Kasaija said that the new system
will not only improve the delivery of services in the judiciary, bit increase
the country’s revenue.
In 2019, the Judiciary signed a five-year contract worth 9.2
billion shillings with Synergy International Systems to set up the Electronic
Court Case Management Information System and the digitalization of court