Saturday, July 31, 2021

CJ briefs staff on departmental matters

The Administration of Justice has introduced a disposal form in conformity with Section 319 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act CAP 08:02 to cater for the disposal of exhibits that the courts have accumulated from as far as the pre-independence era. The department intends to do all it can in managing exhibit in its custody including capturing them in the Case Records Management System (CRMS).

This was revealed by the newly appointed Chief Justice Terrence Rannowane last week at a staff retreat for the legal division held in Palapye. The Chief Justice told the attendants that a delegation of assistant registrars will visit the United States of America, Superior Court of California to benchmark on the Evidence Tracking Module ETM. He said if “this dream becomes successful, the AOJ will end manual registration of exhibit which he believes will be a great achievement.”

Highlighting some of the achievements of the department, the Chief Justice stated that the small claims court, currently in Gaborone and Francistown only will be rolled out to Kanye, Palapye and Maun. He indicated that since the introduction of CRMS 2005 it has improved the efficiency of service delivery and Judicial Case management that was also introduced in 2008. Rannowane further indicated that these two systems will be followed by e-filing which is also expected to have a positive impact on the performance of the department. According to Rannowane e-filing will then be followed by Alternative Dispute Resolution  (also Court Annexed Mediation). In all these,

Rannowane acknowledged the efforts of his predecessors who he says, laid out a roadmap very much instrumental in improvement of service delivery service delivery and staff welfare shall remain a critical focus of my administration’ stated Rannowane who also emphasised on consultative leadership accommodative of other people’s views in major policy decisions.

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