Kenyan judiciary turn to e-filing portal to curb corruption
Kenya’s Judicial Service Commission has launched an electronic filing system in Nairobi aimed at curbing corruption through tracking court papers digitally. This new court tracking system (CTS) will allow court users including lawyers, prosecutors and litigants to file their cases online.
Speaking during the launch recently, Noordin Haji, a director of Public Prosecutions, said the CTS will promote transparency and accountability in the course of justice delivery.
“This process will reduce the rate of corruption and other challenges in the justice system,” he said.
Kenya and Uganda scoring 28 out of 100 were both ranked third in the East African region by Transparency International in its 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index. Rwanda is ranked highest garnering 53 points followed by Tanzania with 37. Haji said the e-filing system is time efficient considering court users will access the system in the comfort of their offices or homes.
“The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country in mid-March hastened efforts to incorporate the use of Information and Communications Technology in service delivery to Kenyans. The e-filing system by the judiciary will help increase and achieve higher levels of efficiency to all stakeholders,” he said.
Components of the CTS include e-case registration, e-payment, e-case search, e-calendar and e-service.