Judicial officials from east Africa met in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Wednesday for enhancing the use of ICT for courts.
The 14th East African Magistrates and Judges Association Conference and Annual General Meeting, which run from Nov. 22 to 24, is under the theme: “enhancing the use of ICT for an effective, efficient, transparent and accountable administration of courts in East Africa.”
The East African Magistrates and Judges Association, established to promote cooperation in justice, brings together judicial officers of East African Community (EAC) countries.
Opening the conference, Rwanda’s Chief Justice Sam Rugege said there is need to ensure optimization of use of limited resources to achieve the best results and delivery of best service for people seeking justice in the courts.
Rugege talked of the need to adopt use of ICT in all activities, both public and private, as a priority.
ICT has become crucial in delivering court services whether in case filing, communication among court staff, between registries and litigants, payment of court fees, producing statistical reports, among others, he said.
ICT brings convenience and saves cost, promotes transparency, minimizes personal contact and thus diminishes opportunities for corruption, he said. Enditem