Electronic case management system interrogated

By Fungai Jachi

THE Judicial Service Commission (JSC) took its Open Day to prisons where inmates had a chance to interrogate officials on the recently introduced Integrated Case Management System (IEMS),
amid concerns on the importance of the system to the improved justice delivery system.

Inmates at the Harare Remand Prison raised pertinent questions on whether the new system would not further delay their applications and appeals.

“How friendly is the system and how will it work, considering that we do not have access to smart phones or laptops?” the inmates asked.

“Is one focal person going to be enough considering there are a lot of inmates? Is the system safe and can it not be easily hacked?”

Chief Magistrate Faith Mushure said the JSC will continue to engage inmates to keep them abreast with the current changes meant to enhance operations of the judicial system.

“Inmates are an important part of our system, hence the reason why we had to engage them so that they have an appreciation of the changes that are taking place.

“Come next year, it will be all systems go. We will be paperless in all our courts, so it is important they understand that. All applications and appeals will be done electronically so they have to be aware of all this for them to be able to make decisions accordingly,” said Mushure.

This year’s JSC Open Day marks the 12th year since the Commission was established.