ODPP launches guidelines aimed at automating case management

Written By: Carol Kamau
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Inefficiencies in the criminal justice system will now be a thing of the past with the launch of prosecutorial guidelines and automation of case management.

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The guidelines will help the prosecution in filing watertight cases while automation will ensure transparency in the tracking of cases and hence making the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions more accountable.

The launch by the office of Director Public Prosecution guidelines on the decision to charge and case management system is a major milestone in the country’s criminal justice system and will to greatly address inefficiencies that have bogged it down and hence resulted in delayed justice for many Kenyans.

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Speaking during the launch, DPP Noordin Haji said the new guidelines will reshape prosecutorial processes and guarantee integrity and quality of cases.

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Haji said for the first time in history prosecutors in the country have a framework that will guide them on who, why and when the decision to charge is reached.

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DPP Haji expressed confidence that the new guidelines on the decision to charge will enhance uniformity in the dispensation of justice.

On his part, Chief Justice David Maraga said the Judiciary and the public prosecutor will streamline communication between the different agencies in the criminal justice sector and adopt new technology to improve efficiency in the system. 

The Chief Justice said that technology is the new normal that criminals aren’t comfortable with.

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The newly launched Electronic Case Management System enables prosecutors to efficiently dispense cases through document tracking, case tracking and e-filing.

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