Digital public information kiosks installed in courthouses

KIGALI - Digital public information kiosks were, yesterday, installed at the Supreme Court and the Commercial High court to enable easy access to information by members of the public.The kiosks, installed by Rwanda Development (RDB), will save time spent by physically going through court registers.
A man surfs the internet from a display Kiosk. Similar facilities will be installed at courthouses.
A man surfs the internet from a display Kiosk. Similar facilities will be installed at courthouses.

KIGALI - Digital public information kiosks were, yesterday, installed at the Supreme Court and the Commercial High court to enable easy access to information by members of the public.

The kiosks, installed by Rwanda Development (RDB), will save time spent by physically going through court registers.

Speaking to The New Times, the spokesperson of the Judiciary, Charles Kaliwabo, said that people seeking judicial services would be able to access basic information online using the booths, halting the queues common at the court registrar’s office.

“We have a situation where many people looking for information queue at the court registrar’s service desks,” he added.

Kaliwabo stressed that although the machines have not replaced the court registrars, they will help in saving time by making the services faster.

He pointed out that the public information kiosks will contain online filing of cases, appeals, court calendars and judgments among others.

The kiosks are composed of touch screens and printers that are connected to the internet to help service seekers check the information they need.

He thanked RDB for the initiative which he said promotes the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in public service delivery.
 
Karim Tushabe, the Legal Consultant, Doing Business Unit at RDB, stated that the kiosks are part of the ongoing doing business reforms.

 “These machines are in line with the government’s policy of doing business reforms and are meant to save time by delivering quick basic judicial information to the public,” he said.

Tushabe explained that all the information that the judiciary feels should be relayed to the public would be uploaded on the machines.

“We have installed kiosks at the Supreme Court and Commercial High Court but we are also planning to install them in other courts as well,” he noted.

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