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Court of Appeal Judges Trained on Digital Case Handling System

Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo and Justices from the Court of Appeal have been sensitized on how the Electronic Court Case Management Information Systems (ECCMIS) operates.

This was during a validation exercise organised by the Judiciary in conjunction with Synergy International Systems and Sybil Ltd at the Judicial Training Institute in Nakawa, Kampala on Monday.

According to an invite signed by the chairperson of the ECCMIS Steering Committee, Justice Fredrick Egonda-Ntende, the meetings are organised for users to provide ‘valuable user requirements to the ECCMIS consultant to enable him design the ECCMIS as per the Judiciary specifications.’

Julian Rweju, the ECCMIS Technical Advisor, took participants through the Judiciary’s 23-year ICT journey (the route to ECCMIS) and also took them through the paces on the features, benefits and the anticipated impact of ECCMIS.

The consultants, who made their presentations via a live feed from different parts of the world, discussed the current business processes, complete with data flow diagrams and how Court businesses will be conceptualised in ECCMIS.

The meeting also gave opportunity for the revision of certain policy frameworks in the country’s judiciary during the question and answer session.

It was pointed out that there was need for review of the legal and regulatory framework to which participants were informed that a dedicated officer is to be assigned by the office of the First Parliamentary Counsel to take note of the provisions that need change.

On the issue of people taking advantage of the system, it was pointed out that kiosks would be set up at the different courts to help litigants file or follow up on the status of their cases.

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The consults maintain that all interactions on the system are tracked and audited to avoid misuse of the system.

It was also noted that a bill of costs for the full implementation of ECCMIS in courts is in the offing.

The consultants will on Thursday engage High Court Divisions of Criminal, Anti-Corruption, International Crimes and the High Court of Jinja.

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