Efficient and Effective Justice via e-Justice Matthew Smith has been working with the Department of Justice to
develop a programme logframe and roll-out plan, as well as designing
an M&E system, for the e-Justice programme launched in June.
The Department of Justice’s e-Justice Programme will radically transform
the justice system as we know it South Africa. It is at the cutting
edge of technology, a multi-year programme designed to support fundamental
reforms necessary to establish a more fair, accessible and efficient
system of justice in South Africa.
The role of S&Tin the programme has been to facilitate the Project
Cycle Management workshop at which the four projects that make up e-Justice
developed their implementation plans. Furthermore, S&T have been
facilitating the development of the financing proposal for the major
funders, namely the European Commission and the Royal Netherlands Embassy.
This proposal includes an outline of a monitoring and evaluation system
for the programme, which S&T have designed.
The e-Justice Programme has set itself the task of re-engineering the
court process by utilising appropriate enabling technology, including
e-Commerce and Knowledge Management. But it is not just about technology.
A significant proportion of the programme will be spent giving people
the skills to use the technology efficiently. The aim is not to "automate
inefficiencies", but rather to provide an effective department that
plays a meaningful role in combating crime and upholding the Constitution.
The proposed interventions by the Department of Justice will be supporting
the following government priority objectives:
- Improved access to court case files for all parties involved
- Effective case registration and mailing system in the courts established
and made operational
- Effective court management information system established and operationalised
- Access to information database for all users of the justice system
established and operationalised
- Effective planning and management of the Court Administration Development
- The significant improvement of the Guardians Fund and Maintenance
Grant system to ensure that the Justice System no longer marginalises
children and women.