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Tanzania Judiciary Accepts Modern ICT Technique

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Tanzania Judiciary Accepts Modern ICT Technique

Tanzanian judiciary system has launched two important components to hasten timely dispensation of justice and these components include Mobile Courts Services and Judicial Statistics Dashboard System (JSDS-2).

The President of Tanzania, John Magufuli officiated the launch ceremony during the Law Day commemorations in Dar es Salaam to mark the official start of court business in the 2019/20 Judicial Year.

Professor Ibrahim Juma, the Chief Justice emphasised that the formation of mobile court within the judicial system in determination of cases was the first ever in Africa. This mobile court services establishment will amplify accessibility of justice and this will bring justice closer to the people. People will be able to access justice in time.

The judiciary has already gone through the World Bank sponsorship which managed to procure two vehicles, which will operate in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza at the primary courts. The Head of the Judiciary mentioned that the first areas to benefit from the services include Kinondoni District, Ilala District and Ubungo District.

Two vehicles have been remodelled to cater for all the required facilities to enable judicial officers and parties to conduct cases, especially on areas where there are more cases at the primary court level. This will include a special chamber where the magistrate will sit to conduct cases and deliver decisions, a table where the parties would sit, a table for the court clerk, a television that will record the proceedings, a computer, printer and cabin for file keeping and recording systems.

Speaking on the JSDS programme, Prof Juma admitted that there was no doubt that the use of new information and technology techniques has positive effects in delivering justice and bringing judicial services closer to the people.

The electronic system will be used for registering and coordinating cases as well as a judgment database. Under this system, it is easy to perform several functions, like filing cases electronically and receiving summonses. The same application will also help in leadership establishment, framework management, accountability and modernisation of organisation and management systems. It tells who and what has done what and it is possible to know what every court, judge or magistrate has done daily. This surely helps in the case management system and revenue collection increase. All judicial revenues will be collected electronically through the Government Electronic Payment Gateway and the system has started to be implemented in the commercial city of Dar es Salaam.

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