Judge touts importance of e-justice system

The e-governance justice system – which is currently being piloted, is expected to remove all bottlenecks associated with the e-Justice system, this is according to a supreme court judge, Justice Gabriel Pwamang.

Its introduction and subsequent implementation will help eliminate the challenges that characterizes the existing manual court system.

The e-Justice system is a paperless system that stores and tracks relevant cases, assist to electronically file cases and complaints, tracks the status of cases as well as enabling online and mobile money payment for court transactions.

The initiative is also expected to assist court users to get instant notification of all agendas via short message service or electronic mail.

It will serve as a solution to many of the challenges that faces the court system in the delivery of quality justice to the people.

Reports indicate that the inefficient functioning of the judiciary system tarnishes the reputation of members of the bench and the staffs of the judiciary.

The Supreme Court judge stated, “we already have in place an e-judgement system that allows judges and other court users to access past judgements of the court in Ghana.”

“Initiatives like this require that information collected and collated are kept in systems that are safe and protected from attacks”, Justice Gabriel Pwamang said.

The system will ensure that the various activities that will contribute to an all-inclusive data protection agenda is carried out in accordance with the law.

Background

E-Justice, otherwise known as the Paperless Courts or Electronic Case Management System (ECMS), forms part of the Government of Ghana e-Transform Programme that seeks to automate the manual filing systems within the Court’s Registry, i.e. from filing of cases to the execution of court decisions. Turnaround time on the adjudication of cases would thus be improved and justice delivery, enhanced.