Legal experts commend the launch of virtual courts

By Peter Chivhima

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has launched the first ever virtual court in Harare this Monday, a development that legal experts described as a milestone in the justice delivery system.

Law Society of Zimbabwe Executive Secretary Edward Mapara said: “We applaud the government for the launch and for us it is a plus because we have been lagging behind.”

“This is great in terms of achieving justice delivery system in our country. As you witnessed during the Covid-19 era, people were not able to come to our courts. So, with this, cases will be heard,” said lawyer, Advocate Emmanuel Samundombe.

JSC Head Of IT And Records Management Obey Manyanga explained how the system operates.

“This is web system which is connected to the courts and the prisons where cases are heard virtually,” he said.

The system integrates all the players in the justice delivery system who include the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.

Officer in Charge Harare Prisons, Chief Superintendent Charles Nyamasoka noted: “This is a good initiative and for us as ZPCS, we are going cut traveling expenses and the risk of transporting prisoners. And so far, we have mechanisms on standby just in case of power outages.”

The virtual court equipment has already been deployed to other courts including in Chinhoyi, Bindura and Marondera.