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Kenya; Zambia: Judiciaries Turn to Technology to Improve Efficiency

(Oct. 7, 2010) It was recently reported that as part of a project to modernize the judiciary and automate certain court activities in Zambia, 30,000 court records have been digitized and certain court staff received training in managing court cases using computerized systems (Judiciary Goes Digital, TIMES OF ZAMBIA (Oct. 5, 2010), Terry Musonda, the Public Relations Officer for the judiciary, indicated that the courtroom computerization project will be expanded to 20 courtrooms in Lusaka, Ndola, and Kitwe over the coming 12 months (id.).

The judiciary in Kenya is also making technological upgrades in an effort to improve efficiency. It was recently announced that the Kenyan judiciary is in the process of introducing a “Telepresence” system to enable the court benches to conduct their daily business from a central location (Judiciary Goes Digital in Justice Delivery, ICT BOARD (Sept. 22, 2010),
). At present, for instance, the Court of Appeal, the highest court in the country, although based in Nairobi, periodically holds its sessions in Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, and Eldoret (Court of Appeal, Republic of Kenya, The Judiciary website,
(last visited Oct. 5, 2010)).