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Kenyan Magistrates Deliver Over 7000 Rulings Online

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Imagine having your ruling delivered to you right at the comfort of your home. Sounds weird but it’s happening. In a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Judiciary scaled down court operations and moved to use online platforms. The Magistrates are using Zoom, Skype and Facebook for these online rulings. According to the Star, the Judiciary has delivered 7,000 judgments since it scaled down its operations in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Online Court Cases

There is no doubt that the crisis has provided an opportunity for those in the justice sector to reflect on how to address the current gaps related to technology in the enhancement of justice.

Chief Justice David Maraga said this when he received a donation of laptops from the EU/UNODC in Nairobi on Wednesday. He notes that they achieved a lot despite facing several challenges in the use of technology to deliver justice.

This is quite encouraging as Kenyans can now embrace technology in the justice sector for online court cases.  Even after the pandemic, Zoom meetings may become a norm in courts when a person can’t physically attend a hearing. This move looks to have revolutionised the system.

It’s Not Been Smooth Sailing

Despite the move to go digital in court, issues of latency and clarity still affect the online court sessions.

However, Justice Maraga has a few words of hope for the future of online rulings.

I call upon all of us in the justice sector, including members of the public, to seize this moment and turn it into an opportunity to revolutionise our sector through technology..

It may take a while to reach a critical level of operations. However, with determination, they will enhance services using technological platforms available.

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  1. […] Some cases were heard and ruled on through various online platforms. This reduced the number of days when the cases were heard and a reduction of the number of cases heard on specific days. As a result, the backlog of cases kept increasing. […]

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