Parliament approves trial by videoconference

Parlamento aprova julgamento por videoconferência

On Thursday, the Mozambican parliament approved the Law on the Electronic Processing of Judicial Proceedings, which authorizes the processing of cases electronically, such as holding trials and hearings by videoconference.

The instrument can help to mitigate constraints arising from procedural delays, excessive use of consumables, as well as difficulties in carrying out judicial procedures, conservation, security, authenticity, consultation, retrieval and archiving of documents.

On the other hand, it seeks to facilitate access to justice for citizens and other procedural actors when the situation demands it.

The law proposed by the Executive aims to establish the principles and rules governing the electronic processing of judicial proceedings, among other things.

"The specific nature of judicial activity and the need for a greater guarantee of the protection of fundamental rights requires an additional, detailed and specific legal regime, without prejudice to the use, objectively, of the legal framework established by the aforementioned law," said the Minister of Justice and Constitutional and Religious Affairs, Helena Kida.

Speaking during the presentation of the proposal, the Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, Helena Kida, explained that the Electronic Transactions Law, approved by the AR in November 2016, has been used to process some documents but does not cover other sectors of the state.

"This bill will also materialize the government's commitment reflected in its Five-Year Plan 2020-2024, strategic object 3, of pillar 2, which is to ensure the proper functioning of the administration of justice system," said the Minister.

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