Following public complaints regarding case administration delays, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo has launched an Electronic Court Case Management Information System (ECCMIS), which will serve to reduce case backlog and improve justice delivery.
Owiny-Dollo, speaking at the launch of ECCMIS at the High Court of Kampala, advised all judicial officers to adopt the system in order to improve service delivery.
He claims that this will improve work efficiency in the government’s third branch.
“This step would undoubtedly constitute a vital building stone for another e-government service in Uganda, notably in the justice sector administration,” he said.
He added that one of the tools the judiciary is focusing on to utilize in resolving a variety of difficulties, such as case blogs, is technology.
He praised the government for providing financial support for the ECCMIS’ installation, noting that advocates will now be able to file cases from anywhere and at any time.
Matia Kasaija, the Minister of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development, praised the idea, saying it will not only improve service delivery but also generate cash for the country.
“I applaud the Judiciary for putting ECCMIS in place. This will go a long way toward improving judicial delivery and addressing case backlog issues,” he said.
Pheona Wall, president of the Uganda Law Society, believes the technology will have a 360-degree impact on court operations and will significantly reduce case backlog and time lags.
The system, which was designed in 2014, will be tested in various Kampala courts starting in February of next year.