Adoption of new technologies key to achieving a digital economy, as judges undergo ICT training

By John Nhandara

The adoption of new technologies has been described as the cornerstone of achieving a digital economy in line with vision 2030.

The goal of achieving a digital economy through adoption of ICT tools has been taken to the judiciary, with the last batch of judges undergoing an e-skills training completing their short course.

Information, Communication, Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister, Honourable Jenfan Muswere emphasised on the importance of ICT tools in modernising the justice delivery system.

“The e-skills training you have received, will not only modernise the justice system but also, reduce the duration of litigation and attendant cost,” Honourable Muswere told the judges.

Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Director-General, Dr Gift Machengete said equipping the judiciary with ICT tools is timely, especially in the face of increasing cybercrimes.

“We have seen an increase in cyber-crimes and we think this is a timely intervention in human capital development in the judiciary.”

The e-skills training programme for judges comes at a time when government this week commissioned the country’s first virtual court as part of the adoption of an integrated electronic case management system.