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Zimbabweans Can Now Virtually Appear Before Courts As JSC Launches Online Initiative


After intensive training on technological systems under the ministry of ICTPS and the Judicial Service Commission, Zimbabwean legal cases will soon be tried virtually, where one can appear before the courts, at the comfort of their homes.

The virtual courts will also mainly help clear a backlog cases caused by the failure to bring prisoners to court due to the COVID-19 outbreak, fuel shortages and other challenges.

Addressing Judges  after the training session, the minister of ICT Postal and courier services hon Jenfan Muswere said he was confident that the program had properly  equipped the Judicial Service Commission

This e-skills training will see the judiciary ready to navigate the new Integrated Electronic Case Management System laden with features such as e-filing and virtual sittings of the courts. This state of affairs is evidence of a judiciary that is ready to evolve and adapt to new technology.


Honourable Judges, I am confident that the skills you have gained will not only benefit you but they will benefit all litigants who beseech your courts and chambers seeking justice. The e-skills training given to you will ensure that the justice system and all its stakeholders are not left behind in the digital age.


The first institution to benefit from the virtual court hearing platform was the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services as thousands of inmates were housed in prisons throughout the country.

“These inmates are expected to appear before the courts regularly for routine remands and trials. The pandemic has at times caused inmates not to appear before the courts as required because of the restrictions imposed to combat the spread of COVID-19.”


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