The Judiciary on Monday launched a computerised Case Management System (CMS) at the Supreme Court premises in Blantyre as a way of improving the delivery of justice to the public.
The web-based computer system, which has been approved by Microsoft, enables the Judiciary to scan documents, file, send to the Registrar online for approval before the system identifies a judge itself and sends the file for determination.
The CMS has also an SMS facility that sends texts to the complainants, defendants and lawyers involved in a particular case updating them of any progress made in the processing of the case file.
The 1.5 million Euro investments has been bankrolled by the European Union (EU) under the “Good Governance Programme”.
Head of EU delegation to Malawi, Marchel Gerrmann, said the investment is aimed at improving the administration and delivery of justice in the country.
“The system will get rid of some of the challenges the judiciary has been experiencing like missing files, backlog of case files, and judge shopping. It will become so easier to manage case files because they will not be carried physically from one office to another,” Gerrmann said.
He further described the system as the future for Malawi and called on government to ensure that it keeps the system up and running all the time.
Currently, CMS has seen the Supreme Court, the four registries of the High Court and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions linked to it and the EU Head of delegation asked that the Malawi Police Service and the Prison Service be connected to the system.
Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale thanked the EU for the huge investment and challenged the judiciary to utilise the system for the benefit of local masses seeking remedy from the courts.
“Any system is as good as the people managing it. This is one of the programmes under the public reforms that government is implementing. We expect the judiciary to use the system and serve the people better,” Kaphale said.
Chief Justice, Andrew Nyirenda, described the system as a milestone in the administration of justice in the country as electronic management means reduced paper trail and enhanced security of case files.
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