Judiciary Launches On Line Case Management System( ECMMIS)

In Summary
  • The system will allow court users to file cases without coming to court among others.
  • Seven Courts are already using the new system.
  • Other Courts will be enrolled if the system is successful.

The Judiciary has officially launched the Electronic  Court Case Management Information system (ECCMIS)  to the public.

 The system was launched by the Chief Justice Alfonse Owinyi Dollo at the High court Headquarters in Kampala and it will enable Court users to file cases remotely without  necessarily coming to Court.

Chief Justice Alfonse Owinyi Dollo

Chief Justice Owiny  Dollo asked the Judiciary to embrace the new technology if the system is to succeed at delivering speedy and fair Justice to Ugandans.

For members of the public who can not access computers or internet, the court has set up kiosks at the designated courts that will help them to register their cases electronically.

The electronic system is meant to promote access to Justice in a timely manner and  data that will be entered will be safe and secure to avoid case files  from getting lost.

The Chief Justice added that Uganda can not just sit and watch as the rest of the world continues to evolve in the new technology, noting  that ICT is being adopted in all forms of society to facilitate efficiency and Service delivery in the current global order.  

Justice Frederick Engonda Ntende, the chairperson of the steering committee said that currently, the system will operate in seven courts of law.

It will be implemented by  the Supreme court, Court of Appeal, Commercial Court, Criminal Court, Civil Court and the Mengo Chief Magistrate Court.

According to justice Ntende, the Judiciary will continue to operate with in two systems;  the computerized and E- filling, until  the Judiciary can fully transition into the new case filling and management system.

This  will most likely take a period of five years.

Justice Ntende

Justice Ntende noted that the system will eliminate some of the challenges that have been existing with the old system including eliminating movements, corruption in court case filling, and advocates can follow their case anywhere.

The system  will also be  rolled in courts in  i8 courts in the eastern City of Jinja before rolling it  out nationally