Rwanda: Judiciary launches electronic system
After numerous reforms in the Justice sector, the Rwanda judiciary has launched a new electronic system that will improve the manner in which judicial cases are handled.
As a head-start for the electronic program, the Ministry of Justice has launched an integrated electronic case management system which aims at reducing the time a case spends before court, avoid duplications and reduce operational costs.
The new electronic system will bring on board various key player in the justice sector including:– the National Police, prosecution BAR Association, the courts, Civil Litigation Unit, Kigali International Arbitration Centre and the courts.
It will be valued at US$ 7 million, and the project is considerable cheap since it will be using Fiber optic cable and 4G Internet network, which have already been put in place in Rwanda’s initiative of becoming an ICT hub in the region.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Pascal Ruganintwari, said that the programme will start operating in 2015 and will be fully operational by 2018, but it was high time for Rwanda to start implementing the programme stage by stage so as to implement the sector’s goals of improving the justice system in the country.
It’s time we move ahead and act and we can only do that by implementing this system,” Ruganitwari said “This project has been in gestation since 2009 and now it’s taking shape”
In the meantime, National Public Prosecution Authority, Jean Damascene Habimana who also heads the Project Management Team, says that so far secured about US$2.4 from some partners and the rest of the needed funds will be gathered from along the set time line- to finance aspects of software development among other needs in the implementation agenda.
Rwanda has continued to make tremendous development and improvement in the justice sector and this new initiative will be another added value to its credibility in handling issues of justice, especially that some of the genocide related cases have been transferred by the ICTR and more fugitive and suspects extradited to Rwanda.