By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: In a bid to reduce the workload of the judiciary and corruption cases, Uganda’s judiciary has today launched the Electronic Court Case Management Information system (ECCMIS) that will enable Ugandans to file cases online.
While presiding over the launch this morning, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo confirmed that Ugandans can now file cases online.
According to Owiny Dollo, the new system will not only enable people to file cases online but will also allow payments and receipt of automated reminders to court summons and judgments.
”There will be lessons to learn at each stage of transformation to better ourselves. I have faith and I give all stakeholders my word, that we (the Judiciary Top Management) will put our all in ensuring this program succeeds” Owiny Dollo said during the launch.
The Chief Justice further noted that the adoption of ECCMIS fits in the National Development Plan which provides for digital transformation adding that E-filing will reduce corruption due to limited human interaction, reduce the cost of papers, loss of files, ease management by justices and balance their workload.
The project will be piloted in 18 courts including Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and Jinja High Court, all the seven High Court divisions (Land, Commercial, Family, and Anti-Corruption, War Crimes, and Civil division).
It will also be piloted at the Chief Magistrates level including Jinja, Mengo, Nakawa, Makindye, and Buganda Road Court, and three Magistrates Grade one Court’s including LDC Court, Kakira, and Bugembe.
On 16th September 2019 Judiciary signed a five-year contract worth Shs9.2 billion with Synergy International Systems in a bid to achieve its goal of an electronic court case management system and the digitalization of court proceedings.