Improving commercial justice – the Rwandans learn from Mauritians
February 15, 2013
Recently, the Rwandese Supreme Court team conducted a study tour of the Mauritius Supreme Court, particularly the e-judiciary project which is co–financed by the Investment Climate Facility for Africa. The main purpose of the tour was for the visiting team to learn how the Mauritius Supreme Court utilizes information and communication technology to enhance its efficiency. The study tour also served as a platform to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience on matters pertaining to the application of information and communication technology in the Judiciary system.
The visiting team was particularly interested in the on-going project on an e-judiciary system which is expected to be officially launched in June 2013. In particular, the Rwandese team learned about the Mauritius Court Registry, the Digital Recording Court System (DRCS), and the Video Conferencing Facility. Upon its completion, the e-judiciary system is expected to offer electronic case management and reporting, an electronic financial system to handle payments for processing cases, and an electronic filing system functional on a twenty four hour basis. This will lead to a reduction in court expenses and procedures.
The study tour has served both as an inspiration and an eye opener for the Rwandese Supreme Court team. It has increased their understanding of the state of the art technologies in the field and how these can be applied to increase the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Judiciary system in Rwanda.
The visit was funded by ICF and the Government of Rwanda as part of an on-going project to improve the quality of commercial justice in Rwanda. As the team returns to Rwanda, it already has ideas on how to improve the case management system based on what they have seen in Mauritius. ICF encourages knowledge sharing among its projects and this is one example.