Paperless Court System Goes Live

The Paperless Court system under the e-justice project has been kick started after four courts at the Law Court Complex in Accra went live on Wednesday, the 4th of July, 2018.

The e-justice project – an initiative of the Government of Ghana seeks to automate the existing manual filing system within court registries across the country. The project is currently being piloted at the Law Court Complex.

Court proceedings under the e-justice project commenced at 9:00 a.m. at the Commercial Court ‘3’, Land Court ‘8’, Criminal Court ‘4’ and Labour Court ‘1’ with two ICT personnel assigned to each of the four courts to assist in addressing any challenges as is the case with the introduction of any new system.

The registrars of the four courts were enthusiastic about the whole exercise and expressed delight at the transition from the manual to the electronic filing system.

Judges expressed similar sentiments and described the e-justice project as a good one provided it is well implemented. They believe that the electronic mode of filing will be better, faster and more efficient.

Her Ladyship Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa, who sits at Commercial Court ‘3’, mentioned that e-justice will reduce the use of paper and human interaction in the filing of cases at the registries and hence also reduce the likelihood of corruption.

In the view of Her Ladyship Justice Ellen Vivian Amoah, “the paperless court system would bring us to the 21st century system and on the same level as other countries. It does away petty corruption and ease off stress for lawyers and litigants”.

A Deputy Director of ICT in charge of e-justice, Mr. Francis Baiden, stated that the necessary measures have been put in place to make the implementation of the paperless court system successful and further appealed to Judges and Staff to accept the change and work with the new system for the betterment of justice delivery.

‘E-justice goes beyond what is seen in court but further extends to our homes where litigants and lawyers can sit in the comfort of their homes and file cases to the registry. Management has in place a five-year plan to extend e-justice nationwide which aims to enhance data security, speed up proceedings, save cost, provide update of cases via SMS or email and finally reduce opportunities for corruption’.

 

 

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