Hi-tech law muscle for KZN soon

2014-08-13 00:00

THE province will soon be introducing an electronic system that will provide an updated database on legislation and litigation.

“Accessing information, especially in respect of the state litigation in the respective provincial department, has proven to be a challenge,” Premier Senzo Mchunu said yesterday.

The new system will allow departmental legal services managers to submit information onto the system and also do regular updating of the information.

“I expect the relevant heads of departments to hold their managers in legal services accountable for their responsibilities in this regard,” he said.

Mchunu also said heads of departments were expected to take necessary action against legal advisors in their departments when they did not comply with updating data on the system.

“It is hoped this new system will provide the mechanism to facilitate the desired change,” Mchunu said when tabling the R697 million budget for the Office of the Premier.

He stressed that the co-operation of all departments was crucial for the usefulness and success of the new electronic litigation system.

Mchunu explained the electronic legislation and litigation system would be integrated into the provincial nerve centre.

“Authorised users will be able to access the system and draw reports from the database which will, among others, give detailed information on the status of litigation in the province, including costs, trends and briefing patterns,” the premier said.

Mchunu also announced a forum for state attorneys for the provincial government departments, which will co-ordinate provision of legal services across departments.

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