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CJ Maraga, DPP Haji launch digital case management systems

By Dismas Kipsongok | July 29th 2020

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has launched the Guidelines on Case Decision to Charge and the electronic filing of cases through a Case Management System.

"The ODPP has committed to boundless courage in the face of adversity for Kenyans to ensure a fair, transparent, and just system for all," Haji said.

Chief Justice David Maraga graced the colourful event, which seeks to reduce massive court documents and reduce the time a case takes in court.

David Maraga lauded the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions for automating the case filing to reduce the case backlog and access to justice without unnecessary delays.

"Criminals do not want an effective justice system. Launch of the case management system hails a new era of justice", CJ Maraga said, adding that there is a need for a mental shift because, according to him, the digitization is going to be a new normal in the administration of justice.

The event was also graced by other agencies fighting graft and insecurity. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i was in attendance and commended the progress so far made.

"The majority of convicted offenders are petty offenders that could have been dealt with in ways other than imprisonment. In the last year, we have seen a significant reduction of remandees in our correctional facilities as a result of guidelines given by the ODPP and the Judiciary," said Matiang'i. 

Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said that the National Police Service had commenced the electronic filing of Occurrence Book. He said this would align and augur well with ODPP's new system, enhance service delivery, and access records during the investigation of charges.

Haji expressed confidence in the new system, saying, "I am confident that these guidelines will ensure uniformity, predictability, and accessibility when it comes to dispensing justice to mwanainchi."

Others in attendance were LSK president Nelson Havi, European Union Ambassador to Kenya Simon Mordue, EACC chairman Twalib Mbarak among other dignitaries.

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