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Zimbabwe courts enter digital age

by Staff reporter
16 Jan 2022 at 08:52hrs | Views
Judicial officers and court staff have started receiving training on operating the Integrated Electronic Case Management System (IECMS) in preparation for launching the new paperless court system on May 1.

The training programme is being led by the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services in partnership with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

Speaking during the programme launch in Harare on Friday, ICT Minister Dr Jenfan Muswere said the IECMS will enable courts to enter the digital age.

"This innovation will not only reduce physical contact, but will also increase efficiency in the judiciary and ensure that the Judicial Service Commission lives up to its vision to provide world-class justice for all," he said.

"As this system is launched, it is important for judicial officials and staffers alike to be equipped with adequate ICT skills that will allow them to utilise the Integrated Electronic Case Management System with

Dr Muswere said the Government was ready to equip all arms of the State with e-skills that are necessary for the realisation of an upper middle-income economy by 2030.

"The Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services in this regard is very proud of its efforts to provide the judiciary with these important ICT skills through these workshops held in partnership with the Judicial Service Commission," he said.

"I have no doubt, therefore, that the launch of the Integrated Electronic Case Management System will find our judicial officers of the superior courts fully equipped and capacitated to use the Integrated Electronic Case Management System.

"E-skilling of our judicial officers is a key staff development initiative that will ensure that the judiciary is not left behind in the digital age as envisaged by Vision 2030."

The Covid-19 pandemic, he added, has highlighted the importance of ICTs.

"As the gospel of social distancing and other Covid-19 containment measures has been preached, it has become apparent that we need to innovate and provide important services to the citizenry while minimising physical contact as much as possible."

He said imparting e-skills was part of Government's human capital development programme and a major target of the National Development Strategy 1.

"We simply cannot afford to attempt to advance our nation without first advancing our skills by deliberately creating a knowledge-driven economy for sustained growth and modernisation of Zimbabwe.

"Honourable Judges, it is my prayer that the e-skills you have gained during this week-long workshop will be of immense value to you and the entire judicial system of Zimbabwe."

Source - The Sunday Mai