Mauritius to improve access to Commercial Justice
March 28, 2013
The Government of Mauritius has partnered up with the Investment Climate Facility for Africa to modernize its judicial procedures.
The project will simplify and automate the settlement process, and reduce time and costs for commercial cases lodged in the Supreme Court of Mauritius. At present the existing registry system relies heavily on manual recording of cases and archiving which results in delays and unreliability of court statistics and information. The settlement process and period is not uniform, but rather varies from Judge to Judge and can vary anywhere from three months to three years depending on its nature.
The Mauritius modernization of judiciary project will set up a Mediation Division in the Supreme Court where all commercial cases will be dealt with first before going to full trial should both parties fail to reach an agreement. It will also establish a Fast Track in the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court where the time taken from the day the commercial chambers case is filed to the day the judgment is given will not exceed 36 days. In the Commercial Division itself, the streamlined settlement process shall limit to a maximum of 100 days the time taken from filling of a commercial case to judgment given in a full trial.
The project will introduce an electronic registry system, making it possible to make electronic submissions of supporting documents and electronic filling of cases. Upon completion of this project, the backlog of cases will be reduced and the e-judiciary will introduce accountability, affordability and accessibility of sound justice.
A soft launch of the project is expected to take place on 1st April, after which the new system will be used by the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court for a trial period of 3 months. The roll out of the system to the entire Supreme Court is scheduled to take place later in the year