The Ugandan judiciary has launched an electronic court recording system to replace the paper and pen method. The Principle Judge, Herbert Ntabgoba, who presided over the launch last Thursday, described the project as historic. He said he hoped electronic recording of court proceedings would help in speeding up the process of justice.

"As you all know, recording of proceedings in court by long hand has been one of the causes of delays in the delivery of justice. But it has also been a tedious experience for judges, registrars and magistrates," Ntabgoba said at the function at Grand Imperial Hotel. "I am happy that we have launched this innovative system. I hope it will improve in the speed in the administration of justice," he said.

Ntabgoba said the project would be piloted in 10 courts across the country but will later spread to the rest of the courts. The 10 test courts include the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court in Kampala, the High Court in Jinja, the Chief Magistrate’s Court Apac and Mbale High Court. Others are Soroti Magistrate’s Court, Entebbe Magistrate’s Court, Nakawa High Court and Nabweru Magistrate’s Court.

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