Kenyan Judiciary Set To Introduce Mobile App for Case Filing and Tracking

The Kenyan Judiciary is developing a mobile application called EJudiciary which will enable citizens to file cases and access case information remotely without visiting court premises. Chief Justice Martha Koome revealed this development during a virtual keynote address at the Small Claims Court Annual Symposium. The EJudiciary mobile app is expected to be completed by April and will be available for download on the Google Play Store.

The app will have two main modules: a public-facing e-filing interface and an internal case-tracking system. Users will be able to access case information, historical activities, outcomes, and future proceedings without physically visiting court premises. CJ Koome highlighted that the app aims to streamline court operations and reduce physical and financial barriers to accessing justice services, especially for vulnerable groups and small businesses, primarily run by women.

The development of the EJudiciary App is a collaborative effort between the Office of the Registrar Magistrates Court, the Directorate of ICT, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). CJ Koome emphasised the importance of leveraging digital tools to bring the court closer to the people, ensuring accessibility to justice regardless of geographical distance or socioeconomic status.

This initiative follows the launch of a similar online platform by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) called the Malalamishi System in May last year. The platform allows members of the public to lodge complaints of a criminal nature and request case reviews online, promoting transparency and ease of tracking complaint status.