East African Court of Justice Arusha 16th February 2018: The New Attorney General of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Dr. Adelardus Kilangi paid courtesy to the President of the Court Hon. Justice Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja with other Justices of the Appellate Division.
His Lordship welcomed the Attorney General (AG) to the East African Court of Justice and congratulated him upon his new appointment and wished him the best in the same. President also commended AG for his initiative to visit the Court being the 1st Attorney General in the Region and requested for his fully support to the Court.
Justice Ugirashebuja further briefed the Hon. Attorney General on a number of issues that require support from his Office. His Lordship requested the AG to urge the Heads to State to accent to the Administrative and financial autonomy of the Court which was granted the in 2016 by the Council of Ministers in 2016 and the Act was recently passed by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), now waiting to be accented to by the Heads of State. He said that if this is done, it will enable the Court to run its business smoothly.
The President also asked Hon. Kilangi, to call upon the Heads of State to re-look on Chapter 8 of the Treaty about the Court, which requires amendments, in order to improve the conditions of the services of the Judges, the Ad-hoc nature of the Judges where only President and Principal Judge are only residents in Arusha, the jurisdiction of the Court on trade and investment matters which was granted in 2015, however the Partner States have not yet ratified the Protocol on the extension. He therefore urged the Attorney General to use his good office and discuss these key issues with the Heads of State to be re-looked at and allow amendments.
The Vice President of the Court, Hon. Liboire Nkurunziza and other Justices also added their voices in calling upon all the Attorneys General to support the agenda of the Court as they see its business running smoothly. Justice Aaron Ringera also appealed to the AG to send the best Lawyers to represent them in Court by sending those who are knowledgeable and well conversant with the East African Community Laws and the Treaty.
Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire also recommended the AG to be keen on the interests of the upcoming EACJ Administrative Act, which will largely enhance the operations of the Court. He also asked the AG to use his Office to remove the barriers affecting the cross border services in the region. He added that there is need for the Partner States to harmonize policies on cross border issues to enable the lawyers across the region move freely from one Country to another.
Justice Kiryabwire also informed the AG, on the Court’s improvement the in use if Information and Communication Technology (ICT). That the court soon will start filing cases online and streaming the hearings through case management system. He therefore encouraged the AG as the key litigant to consider the new development, when time comes to adopt the system and support this court in becoming a paperless Court.
Hon. Attorney General on his part commended the President and the other Honourable Justices, for the good work and for welcoming him as the 1st AG to visit the Court and promised to continue working closely with the Court to enhance their relationship. He further said that his office will make the EACJ’s requests his priorities as their key stakeholders in order to dispense quality Justice.
Hon.Kilangi also noted that he will advocate for the Court to strengthen its services and promote its image, instead of seeing the Court as the challenge, rather be seen as an engine of the regional Integration. The Hon. AG informed the President and Honourable Justices that, these issues will be discussed in the upcoming East African Attorneys General meeting on the EAC Integration process.
Hon. Dr. Kilangi was appointed Attorney General of Tanzania, effectively from 1st February 2018 by His Excellency Dr. John Joseph Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Prior to his appointment he was the Director of St. Augstine University of Tanzania Arusha Campus and the board Chairman of the Tanzania Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Aurthority (PURA).
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Brief on Case Management System
The case management system developed as an engine to facilitate the court’s procedures and processes. The system currently can perform the processes of the court from first to last stage as expected. Custom built in alignment to the court’s rules of procedure, the system runs just as the traditional processes would. It documents, records and audits each stage of the case in the Court. Developed with the capability of e-filing, this system in the future will give stakeholders capabilities to interact with the court system and file cases at their desks from any location.
Court Recording System
Provided by Jefferson’s Audio and Visio systems (JAVS), and responsible for video and audio court recording, JAVS has fitted the court with both a software and hardware outfit that makes it possible for the court to record its sessions as they proceed and also give the capabilities to live stream sessions as they are going on. This system also built in integration with the case management system to have the cases synchronized with their respective MPEG sessions for reference reasons. This marriage between these systems propels the court to a world class court pushing the boundaries the court to a world class technological platform.
The system was launched by the EAC Heads of State on 30th April 2014 at the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the East African Community in Arusha, Tanzania.
About the EACJ
The East African Court of Justice (EACJ or ‘the Court’), is one of the organs of the East African Community established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community. Established in November 2001, the Court’s major responsibility is to ensure the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the EAC Treaty.
Arusha is the temporary seat of the Court until the Summit determines its permanent seat. The Court’s sub-registries are located in the respective National Courts in the Partner States.
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