Correlations between ICT and records policy integration and court case management system functionality. East African case studies

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/09565691311325022
Publication Date22 Mar 2013
Pages51-60
AuthorJames Lowry
SubjectInformation & knowledge management
ARTICLES
Correlations between ICT and
records policy integration and
court case management system
functionality
East African case studies
James Lowry
International Records Management Trust, London, UK
Abstract
Purpose – From 2009 to 2011, the International Records Management Trust conducted a research
project called Aligning Records Management with ICT/E-government and Freedom of Information in
East Africa, with funding from the International Development Research Centre. The research was
concerned with the integration of records management components into ICT/e-government and
freedom of information initiatives, which are priorities for the governments in East Africa. This paper
aims to discuss these issues.
Design/methodology/approach – The research focused on the governments of the member states
of the East African Community; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. In each of these
countries, research teams examined the level of records management functionality in new or planned
court case management systems, where possible.
Findings – The findings demonstrated how the lack of a national regulatory framework for records
management, at the highest level, could affect the design and implementation of systems, at the lowest,
technical level.
Originality/value – This paper draws together the case studies prepared by the author from data
collected by the national research teams, to provide an overview of the issues encountered in Kenya,
Uganda and Tanzania, which were the member states of the original East African Community, and
demonstrate the correlation between ICT and records policy integration and court case management
system functionality.
Keywords Recordsmanagement policy, Law courts,Court case management systems,Kenya, Uganda,
Tanzania, Rwanda,Burundi
Paper type Research paper
Introduction
From 2009 to 2011, the International Records Management Trust conducted a research
project called Aligning Records Management with ICT/E-government and Freedom of
Information in East Africa[1], with funding from the International Development
Research Centre. The research was concerned with the integration of records
management components into ICT/e-gover nment and Freedom of Information
initiatives, which are priorities for the governments in East Africa. The research
focused on the governments of the member states of the East African Community;
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
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East African
case studies
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Received 19 September 2012
Revised 13 November 2012
Accepted 18 December 2012
Records Management Journal
Vol. 23 No. 1, 2013
pp. 51-60
qEmerald Group Publishing Limited
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DOI 10.1108/09565691311325022

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