The African Justice system is faced with its greatest test as courtrooms are unable to offer redress to both the common man and the affluent. The current pandemic provides a rather unusual opportunity for the judiciary to redefine itself; revive its relevance towards making court services more accessible and affordable. Specifically it shall address the following:
With the legal profession and judiciaries all over the world facing their greatest existential threat, equal access to justice can be made possible with a “Smart Judiciary” which offers virtual courts and technology enabled dispute resolution mechanisms.
Technological transformation of judicial services is not only inevitable, given the growing momentum of technological development but is indeed essential in building a just society.
To address all Covid-19 related disputes be it in employment, insurance, contracts or other transaction related areas by utilizing mediation and encouraging disputing parties’ submission to arbitration.