Sharing knowledge on commercial justice reform
September 06, 2012
A knowledge sharing workshop on commercial justice was held in Lusaka, Zambia, on 13th and 14th August 2012. The event brought together Chief Justices and Heads of judicial reform programs from 15 African countries and two regional blocks. The theme of the workshop centred on improving commercial justice in a way that supports economic growth and job creation.
Discussions focused on 4 main areas:
- How to successfully reform courts for commercial justice
- How to successfully integrate alternative dispute resolution into commercial justice
- How to successfully take advantage of ICT in commercial justice reform
- Regional integration and commercial justice
Some of the recommendations include:
Support a commercial court jurisdiction in developing proposals for reforming appeals court processes so that fast outcomes achieved at the commercial trial court level are not defeated by long delays when under appeal.
That a commercial court jurisdiction be given support in developing audio recording with a view to transcript being produced selectively as required by transcription typists, rather than in all cases. In the context of commercial disputes, this support would include developing policies that shift the cost of producing transcript to the case litigants.
Support one or more commercial courts in developing and sustaining a public website incorporating appropriate categories of information, e.g. all judgments issued by the court, official annual statistics of the court (volumes of cases by case type registered, disposed and pending in each calendar year).