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Court case filing to go digital from next month, says Amadi

By Bernice Mbugua
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi Photo/PD/FILE
In summary
    • The Supreme Court president noted while it was prudent to upscale court activities, it would not have been wise to have open court sessions.
    • The CJ had noted that court activities involve extensive exchange of paperwork from advocates’ offices to registry staff and finally to Judicial officers which risks the spread of Covid-19.

Bernice Mbugua @BerniceMuhindi

Filing of cases in all the courts in Nairobi will now be done exclusively through the Electronic Filing system, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi has said.

In a statement to newsrooms, Amadi said the exercise is expected to kick off from July 1, 2020.

“Law Society of Kenya members, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the police as well as members of the public will be required to register themselves through the portal in order to log into the Judiciary system, upload documents, assess court fees and then submit the files to the registry, online,” she said.

According to the Chief Registrar, the use of the system is a key part of the Judiciary’s effort to increase use of technology in all its functions and achieve higher levels of efficiency and convenience to their stakeholders.

“Any computer or device that allows attachment of files will be sufficient to access the system and carry out the e-filing.

The system is already open for use and the public is encouraged to familiarise themselves with it prior to the official launch,” she said.

Amadi added that the courts are already increasingly using ICT platforms to conduct hearings and deliver judgments and rulings.

Transcription system

“Other forthcoming initiatives include the launch of a court Recording and Transcription System, initially in 32 courtrooms around the country,” he said.

The courts scaled up operations on Monday after three months of scaling down their operations over the coronavirus pandemic.

Only suspects in serious crimes and those who broke Covid-19 rules were being presented to court physically for plea taking.

Minor offenders were released on bond or bail. High Court hearings and rulings were being delivered through Skype.

The courts were to be re-opened after the Easter festivities in April but Chief Justice David Maraga delayed the resumption saying   accelerating the spread of coronavirus through courtroom activities is inordinately high.

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