Zvikomborero Parafini, H-Metro Reporter
The Judicial Service Commission Thursday hosted an open day across all its courts countrywide as they were introducing its latest program, the Integrated Electronic Case Management to its stakeholders.
The open day was held at Harare Magistrate’s Court led by provincial head magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro.
IECMS is a web-based case management system that automates and tracks all aspects of case life cycle, from initial filing through disposition and appeal.
The JSC anticipates that the system will integrate the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court, Commercial Court, High Court, Labour Court, Administrative Court, Magistrates Court, Master of High Court and the Sheriff of the High Court under the same system.
According to the pamphlets that were being given out, the implementation of the IECMS will bring about efficiency, expedite case disposition and deliver access to justice and will ensure that there is no loss or physical damage of documents in a case file and modernisation of the sector’s operations.
The IECMS has far reaching benefits to litigants as it will enable easy to access to information by members of the public as it can be accessed on the phone or computer anywhere in Zimbabwe and follow-ups of cases and their current status will be available on the platform as well as availability of judgements online.
The system will be implemented in two phases and the first phase will commence on January 1 2022 and will cover the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court, Commercial Division of the High Court while the next phase will begin in 2023 and will cover the High Court of Zimbabwe, Labour Court, Administrative Court, Magistrates Court, Master of the High Court and Sheriff of the High Court.