Smart Courts: Roadmap for Digital Transformation of Justice in Africa

Court systems around the world seeking to apply the rule of law face many different types of challenges, including: to efficiently manage public resources; to be transparent and open to stakeholders; to be accessible to all social groups and communities; and to innovate in response to citizens’ needs. This white paper offers a systematic roadmap to implement digital justice applications that can help justice sector professionals to overcome these challenges.

Rule of law is an indispensable pillar supporting social justice as well as a necessary precondition to ensure that everyone in society enjoys respect for their fundamental rights. Effective application of the rule of law is also crucial for another reason: it is an important factor for a country in supporting commercial investment and economic development, providing certainty to business and commercial activity.

Court systems around the world seeking to apply the rule of law face many different types of challenges, including: to efficiently manage public resources; to be transparent and open to stakeholders; to be accessible to all social groups and communities; and to innovate in response to citizens’ needs. These needs can be especially acute in developing countries. Like many government agencies with limited resources, judicial professionals are constantly pressured to do more with less, as demands on court systems increase but resources often lag behind. This problem is frequently compounded by an over-reliance on legacy paper-based systems. The result is growing backlogs and court professionals drowning in paper.

As courts in some pioneering jurisdictions have discovered, digital transformation can help tackle these problems. Digital transformation, leveraging many diverse applications and digital tools available, empowers courts to reengineer and optimize legacy processes. By focusing on the outcomes technology can help them achieve, they can drive efficiencies and improve services for users. But despite the potential to realize clear benefits in terms of improved efficiency, accessibility, and transparency, digital transformation of courts and justice systems are often stymied by a series of common institutional challenges.

SmartCourtsCover

This white paper offers a systematic roadmap to implement digital justice applications that can help justice sector professionals to overcome these challenges.

 


Related Articles

Google Cloud Region: Lifting Productivity in the Greek Economy

Google Cloud Region: Lifting Productivity in the Greek Economy

The adoption of new technologies such as cloud can lead to increased efficiency and higher productivity, as they eliminate the...

28 Sep 2022 Reports
Prosperous APAC: digital economy enablers 

Prosperous APAC: digital economy enablers 

In 2021, Asia Pacific (APAC) accounted for 37% of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), up from 26% ten years...

22 Sep 2022 Reports
Propelling Korea’s global success through innovation and cultural exports

Propelling Korea’s global success through innovation and cultural exports

While the COVID-19 pandemic has increased risks to global economies due to supply chain disruptions and rising inflationary pressures, it...

17 Aug 2022 Reports
MENA Music Distribution Ecosystem Report

MENA Music Distribution Ecosystem Report

The report seeks to familiarize social networking service providers with the industry by providing a snapshot of industry stakeholders, market...

5 Aug 2022 Reports