By Nevson Mpofu
The Judiciary in Africa has been pushed on to climb new heights_ of development to rope in Information Communication Technologies in order to enhance Justice delivery systems. This, the President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa said when he officially opened the Southern Africa Chief Justices conference in Victoria Falls the country largest tourist town close to Zambia just divided by the Zambezi river where lies the Mighty Victoria Falls one of the seven wonders of the World .
The conference held on 23 and 24 September ran under the theme Judiciary and Technology in Africa . It was attended by several chief justices from the SADC region. He said ICTs are now an absolute necessity especially in the covid -19 pandemic era .
”As judiciary adopt progressive innovations relevant to justice delivery. In the Health sector they have adopted telemedicine and deployment of drones to deliver medicines. Justice sector must harness ICTs and do the same. This helps them in conducting virtual hearings, video conferences and e-justice , including electronic case management , among others .”
”Let’s hope deliberations made here will broaden perspectives on how to take advantage of the various digital solutions and platforms to further enhance administrations of Justice in the region ”. President Mnangagwa said further on that the vulnerable ones in African communities need to be connected to ICTs in fair way not to infringe their access to justice delivery in the region . He said those vulnerable and marginalised lack connectivity to ICTs in order for total fair justice to be delivered equally . He reiterated on that the rural community in the region as a whole still remain vulnerable and marginalised in in-line with ICTs and justice delivery