NEW: ‘Digitisation of magistrates’ courts on course’

10 Jun, 2024 - 14:06 0 Views
NEW: ‘Digitisation of magistrates’ courts on course’ The JSC is celebrating its 14th anniversary today

The ManicaPost

 

Moffat Mungazi
Post Reporter

 

MODERNISATION of Zimbabwe’s judicial system through the digitisation of all magistrates’ courts operations across the country is on course, with the fourth phase of the Integrated Electronic Case Management System (IECMS) set to be implemented early next year, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has said.

 

The JSC has over the past two years been rolling out a comprehensive digital transformation of the judicial system, with phases one to three of IECMS focusing on the country’s superior courts.

 

In a statement to celebrate the commission’s 14th anniversary today, JSC spokesperson, Mr Daniel Nemukuyu said digitisation of the courts will ensure efficiency and transparency in the judicial system.

 

“Today, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) celebrates its 14th anniversary, having been established on 10 June 2010. This year’s celebrations are being held in all the provinces under the theme “Phase 4 is Coming: Magistrates’ Courts Going Digital.” The theme highlights the JSC’s latest initiative to digitalise operations across all magistrates’ courts in the country. This year’s celebrations mark the commission’s continued efforts to modernise and improve the Zimbabwean judicial system. Over the past two years, the JSC has undertaken a comprehensive digital transformation of the judicial system, with Phases one to three of IECMS focusing on the superior courts.

 

“As we celebrate our 14th year, we are excited to announce the fourth phase of the Integrated Electronic Case Management System (IECMS) that will be implemented on January 1, 2025. The magistrates’ courts will now go digital. The digitisation of the magistrates’ courts will be done province-by-province. Phase four will see the full rollout of our digital case management system, e-filing, and other technological solutions to all magistrates’ courts nationwide,” said Mr Nemukuyu.

 

He described the development as a critical step towards ensuring accessible justice for all Zimbabweans.

 

Prior to JSC’s establishment on June 10, 2010, the Judiciary fell under the management of the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

 

“It is, indeed, an important and memorable day, which marked the complete separation of the administration of the affairs of the Judiciary from the Executive in compliance with the Constitution of Zimbabwe. On June 10 every year, we reach out to interact with stakeholders, celebrating our milestones. We also take the opportunity to interact with the people and informing them of the operations of the court and responding to any questions regarding the JSC and the court operations,” said Mr Nemukuyu.

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