Rwanda’s Justice Sector Integrated Electronic Case Management System (IECMS)
About the Project
Country: Rwanda Sector: Justice, Reconciliation, Law and Order sector (JRLOS) Solution: Integrated Electronic Case Management System (IECMS)
Rwanda’s IECMS is a unifying platform that connects all institutions belonging to the Justice, Reconciliation, Law and Order Sector.
The system automates judicial processes and provides each institution with a customized interface for performing its functions. It serves as the single point of entry for recording and securing case information and efficiently sharing information among sector institutions.
Paper-based case records, static spreadsheets and workflows;
Case delays caused by increasing backlogs, inefficient case management and poor communication between justice sector agencies;
Inability to monitor court caseloads that results in the impossibility to take holistic, informed and systematic approval towards case management;
Isolated systems in each institution, duplication of case information and tedious reporting;
Prison overcrowding, high rates of recidivism, increased opportunities of corruption, loss of confidence in the justice system.
Serves as a single point of entry for all Justice Sector institutions – Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB); National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA); Judiciary; Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS), Civil Litigation Service (CLS), Rwanda Bar Association (RBA) and Professional Bailiffs Association (PBA);
Accommodates the whole case life cycle from filing to hearing, judgment, appeal, closure, and execution, both in civil and criminal matters;
Standardizes case record storage and streamlines current processes;
Manages consolidated information on the case data, ensures the effective case processing thereby facilitating the decision making process;
Data moves seamlessly from one justice sector institution to another improving communication. and reducing the likelihood of processing errors.
Launched in January 2017, Rwanda IECMS currently captures over 40,000 users;
Rwanda IECMS covers a number of courts, prosecution offices, investigation offices and prisons in total above 400 offices sector-wide;
Substantial savings as a result of reduction in the use of paper, transport costs, time spent for case processing, the need for storage space, as well as easier archiving of documents;
Assist the justice sector institutions’ officials to have an easy and ad-hoc access to the information required for processing the legal cases and implement their day-to-day operations.