The Judiciary has today announced a rather huge change in their workflow specifically for Nairobi courts.
“It is hereby notified for public information that with effect from July 1 2020, the filing of cases in all the courts in Nairobi will be done exclusively through the Electronic Filing system, herein after referred to as e-filing,’ the Judiciary said in a communique on Twitter.
The new directive will require Law Society of Kenya Members, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Police as well as members of the public to register themselves through the portal in order to log into the Judiciary system, upload documents, assess court fees and then submit files to the registry online.
The reason that the Judiciary decided to announce this portal prior to launch is to encourage people to familiarize themselves with it. Digital inclusion has the problem where people need to get acclimatized to a new system first for them to be comfortable and this is what the Judiciary is aiming at.
“This is a key part of the Judiciary’s efforts to increase the use of technology in all its functions to achieve higher levels of efficiency and convenience to our stakeholders,” they said. They also plan to launch court recording and transcription system initially to 32 courtrooms around the country.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the Kenyan Judiciary system fast track its digital inclusion efforts. In April, they started using email and videochat to deliver pending judgements and rulings.