CJ Martha Koome hosts Southern African Chief Justices Forum

The Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya Hon. Martha Koome is hosting the Southern African Chief Justices’ Forum (SACJF) Management Committee Meeting and Judicial Symposium on Digitisation & Internet Governance on 21st and 22nd April 2022, in Nairobi.

The forum gives an ideal opportunity for the Chief Justices and other distinguished Jurists from across the region to share experiences, ideas and perspectives on the administration of justice and the question of Digitisation and Internet Governance.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the forum, CJ Koome said that digitisation of government services, including judicial services, is increasingly considered a key ingredient for modernisation of public and private sector processes and crucial for enhancing efficiency in service delivery.

“In recent times courts across the region have embraced virtual courts, e-filling and electronic case management systems resulting in improved efficiencies and cost-effectiveness of the justice system,” said CJ Koome.

She added that judicial intervention in disputes over the governance of the digital world ought to take into account and promote human rights, social justice and the imperative of public participation and input.

“We are at a critical juncture in the use and control of digital technologies and the Internet, which demands that we enact governance frameworks that simultaneously oversight the digital world and harness digital technologies and the Internet to promote human development,” said the CJ.

The CJ challenged the symposium to think how to design regulatory frameworks and adopt approaches to judicial intervention in disputes over digitisation and Internet governance that ensure digital technologies and the Internet work for the greatest benefit of the society.

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