ReNoStar plans to get a system for electronic legal communication modelled on the German framework off the ground. For this purpose, the software company ReNoStar from Großwallstadt has joined a development project with precisely this purpose.
Both countries are home to a hierarchical system of judicial review, with competences spread across the court system. However, Ethiopia still lags behind when it comes to the efficient processing of legal cases, especially in regard to communications between law firms and the courts.
The current project focuses on increasing efficiency of communications between attorneys and the judicial system. Current data illustrate the project’s necessity: Ethiopia is home to a population of 100 million, who have access to approximately 3,000 attorneys. Germany, with a population of around 80 million, can choose from 79,000 law firms!
The implementation of electronic legal communication in the Ethiopian legal profession, is a joint venture between two law faculties at local universities, as well as the professional bodies ELA and EYLA. This will be accompanied by job training institutions and the judicial system, to enable a state-of-the-art system of judicial communication to flourish, based on a functioning small-scale model.
The prototypes will focus on communications between attorneys and the courts.
In the medium term, we aim to roll out electronic legal communication throughout the entire Ethiopian judicial system, with a goal of expanding coverage to all actors involved in the judicial process.
The application of contemporary and highly secure systems can then be spread throughout the country in a direct and targeted fashion.
The legal profession at large will thus have the chance to establish its position as an indispensable communications hub for its clients.
Background information on Ethiopia
Ethiopia, formerly known as Abyssinia, is the only country in Africa never to be colonised. This ancient land on the horn of Africa has been a melting pot for the civilisations of North Africa, the middle east and sub-Saharan Africa since biblical times. Ethiopia is the world’s most populous landlocked country, and also the second-oldest Christian nation in the world. The paleo-anthropologists who discovered the 3.5 million year old fossil of “Lucy” there suspect Ethiopia to be the cradle of humanity.
Despite its large agricultural sector, Ethiopia is the fastest-growing economy in Africa, with growth rates exceeding 10 per cent every year. Furthermore, Ethiopia is home to the sources of the Blue Nile, is considered the ancestral home of the coffee bean, and – alongside South Africa and Morocco – is home to the largest number of UNESCO world heritage sites in Africa.