NC High Court gets WiFi

2016-09-07 06:00
JUDGES inside the high court receiving training from LexisNexis South Africa officials. In the striped top is Judge Mmathebe Phatshwane, with Thabo Molefe (standing) looking on. Photo: Boipelo Mere

JUDGES inside the high court receiving training from LexisNexis South Africa officials. In the striped top is Judge Mmathebe Phatshwane, with Thabo Molefe (standing) looking on. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE Northern Cape High Court boasts being among the eight high courts in the country to have WiFi connection installed, hosted by LexisNexis South Africa.

Incidents of attorneys and prosecutors sitting in the foyers, waiting for documents to be delivered to them, will soon be a thing of the past.

They will, through the WiFi connection, be able to have court documents on hand on their smartphones, iPads, tablets or laptops.

The connection, according to Thabo Molefe, commercial director of LexisNexis South Africa, is available to individuals in the law profession and individuals who are registered subscribers.

With this WiFi connection an individual gets 80 megabites free, and is charged for the rest.

LexisNexis South Africa also offers the WiFi package with sophisticated online research tools and mobile applications, including updates on law legislation.

Molefe explained during his presentation, during which the LexisNexis South Africa team also rendered training of their services, that the practice of law is expected to become more efficient through the initiative as content can be accessed through technology, instead of in endless books.

According to Molefe, excellent judges will be created through the programs on the Lexis system, as research states that at least 91% of attorneys already do their research through technology.

He further said that new content would be accessed quicker and without risk of losing any hard copy, due to the fact that the bulk of attorneys are already familiar with tech libraries.

Judge President Diale Kgomo was very impressed with the package and said that this was the solution to endless financial constraints of hard copy and books.

“It is exciting, because I am doing administration and court work as well.

“This means I will not have to spend a lot of time accessing hard copy in the library. It means an end to challenges of judges running out of space in their chambers or having to continuously extend shelves in order to accommodate all these books and updated versions,” said Judge Kgomo.

“I can access all the information and share it with other judges.”

He added that the good thing was that most of the current judges were already familiar with IT. He promised to ensure that all of them received enough training to stay up to date.

“The advantage is also that the same system is available at national level. So if we encounter any problems we can just contact the Chief Justice’s Office to ask for assistance, or other branches.”

Judge Kgomo also highlighted that the Judiciary would get continuous training as the technology developed because their IT team was on top of its game in this regard.

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