D O Odima


The Promulgation of the Kenyan Constitution in August of 2010 brought a breadth of freshness to manyinstitutions in the country. The Judiciary as the third arm of the government, has carefully propped itself and iscurrently playing a very decisive role in realization of the constitutional ideals for Kenya. This paper attempts togive an elaborate framework that the Judiciary has put in place and practiced for the last 3 years in her ambition tobecome the first fully paperless court in Africa. This paper also looks at the staff composition and does acomparative analysis with other jurisdictions in Africa especially South Africa and Uganda. It looks at the ICTusability and the virtual systems in place such as E-mail, Transaction Processing Systems, and ManagementInformation Systems that exist and are in use in the Judiciary. The paper discusses the judiciary structure andpresents a case study of one of court stations that is targeted to be paperless by the end of year 2013. Thetechnology level of the Judiciary is also discussed as well as disaster preparedness and security concerns. Thetechnology level covers types of common and active devices in use. These include switching technology, routingtechnology and even communications technology and adoption of IP telephony system. The necessary legislationsthat will facilitate full implementation of the E- justice is also discussed in this paper as well as concerns ofintegration with other existing and relevant systems that are common across the government of Kenya. Thesecurity threats, posed by data and online systems is also looked at in this paper and measures and reality checkselaborated. Comparative notes are availed in this paper so as to help in understanding reasons for high-endsecurity measures that are implemented. In conclusion, this paper brings to attention certain drawbacks that areassociated with the deliberate steps that judiciary is undertaking in ICT.


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