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SIMBARASHE MTEMBO
MASVINGO – Court proceedings will go virtual in the next few months, Constitutional Court Judge, Justice Paddington Garwe has said.
Justice Garwe said this when he officially opened the 2022 legal year at the High Court in Masvingo this morning.


Filing of documents will also be done online, he said. The development means sessions will be held virtually and there will be no need for parties to travel to courts, said Justice Garwe.
The JSC legal year is running under the theme; Use technology to enhance efficiency and the rule of law in the judiciary.
While the move is applauded for its many advantages including reducing cost of litigation and limiting gatherings in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic, people who spoke to The Mirror expressed scepticism because of the serious mobile network problems in the country.


Efforts by the Mirror to establish the exact date of the launch of the Integrated Electronic Case Management System (IECMS) were futile as reporters were requested to put questions in writing.
“This year is predicted on the use of technology as a means of enhancing efficiency and the rule of law. The use of new technology is intended to enhance access to justice and productivity in the justice system.


“Work is currently in progress to install an Electronic Case Management system in the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court and the Commercial Division of the High Court. This system will, in due course, be rolled out at all the courts, throughout the country,” said Justice Garwe.
IECMS is a web based electronic tool that will be relied upon for the management of a case filed in a court. The system is being installed in the Constitutional, Supreme and Commercial Division of the High Court and will be rolled out to other courts in due course, said Justice Garwe.


“This year is predicted on the use of technology as a means of enhancing efficiency and the rule of law. The use of new technology is intended to enhance access to justice and productivity in the justice system.
The official opening was attended by the Minister of State for Masvingo Ezra Chadzamira, Mayor Collen Maboke, service chiefs, lawyers, clerics and JSC staff.

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