Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo has disclosed that the judicial service is ready to roll out the second phase of its highly acclaimed e-justice system otherwise known as the ‘paperless system’.
The system which was launched by President Akufo-Addo last month is expected to check fraud and other discrepancies in justice delivery in the country, having piloted it at the law court complex which houses 44 high courts in Accra.
The Chief justice is hopeful the introduction of information technology in the judiciary will reform administration justice in the country to meet international best practices.
This was made known via a statement read on her behalf by His lordship Justice Anim Yeboah, Supreme Court judge on the occasion of the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Law Faculty of the KNUST.
The statement stressed: “having successful piloted the E-justice system at the law court complex in Accra, which houses 44 high courts, with lessons learnt, government is ready to start second phase of the project to cover Supreme Court, court of appeal among others, by 2022″.
He said: “with the manual system, suit numbers could be duplicated, documents could be lost with too much human interface and opportunity for fraudulent conducts. Indeed ICT has given the judiciary and judicial service a great opportunity and facility to completely inform the way in which justice is delivered and administered.
“Certainly the lower courts will follow suit to have an electronic platform that offers more efficient justice system. This obviously calls for infrastructure upgrades, training and re-training of judges, and staff.”
He congratulated the law faculty saying “udoubdetedly the focus on law, science and technology is in paradigm shift and I call on all relevant stakeholders to embrace it.”
“I give tribute to the visionaries who have sown the seed, and all those who have supported the vision tirelessly to achieve the successes we have,” he added.