With the introduction and implementation of the Electronic Case Management System, typical challenges that characterize the existing manual court would be a thing of the past.
Some of the challenges are duplication of suit numbers, hand written documentation and manually created files, manual transfer of documents from one person to the other through the registries, high case processing times and case backlogs, manual payments and receipts for court processes, which may result in fraudulent activities, delays in court processes, manual financial reconciliation, inconsistent reporting at various levels and loss of documentation during processing.
On the other hand, a paperless court experience comes with the following:
- Digitisation of records and creation of e-docket for easy access and reference by Judges.
- Electronic generation of suit numbers.
- Easy retrieval of court records.
- Quick and efficient processing of cases
- Receipt of electronic notifications on all Court actions or activities, thus keeping Court Users abreast of the status of their cases.
- Improved Court User engagements with the Courts via portals, thus limiting human interaction, which sometimes breeds corruption.
- Compliance with policies and
- Improved security of case related information.
E-Justice-The Chief Justice’s Vision and Action Plan
The execution of the Paperless Courts is a dream come true for Her ladyship the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo. As part of her vision, the Chief Justice hopes to build “a fully integrated system that will seamlessly link all levels of Court through the application of technology and e-governance systems.”
As a ‘proof-of-concept’ pilot project currently being implemented at the Law Court Complex (LCC), it is envisaged that e-Justice will be rolled out to the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, all High and Circuit Courts in the regional capitals, as well as the Tema Metropolis by the end of 2022.
The e-Justice system is indeed a testament of the Judiciary and Judicial Service’s commitment to “uproot corruption wherever it is found” following the launch of the three year Anti Corruption Action Plan ending 2019. The Anti Corruption Action Plan for the Judiciary and the Judicial Service of Ghana has four key components which underpin the paperless court project. They are: “’to increase the focus on integrity’, ‘reduce opportunities for corruption’, ‘increase transparency and accountability’, and ‘deal efficiently and effectively with complaints’.”