Cleen Foundation: UWAZI Platform Aims at Digitalizing Courts Proceedings/Judgments
CLEEN Foundation is implementing a project aimed at digitalizing courts proceedings in Nigeria with a view to promoting accountability and transparency in the fight against corruption. The Project monitors cases of corruption in relation to the ACJA2015 through a web-based platform “ UWAZI Platform” that is functional, accessible and makes contents easily available to the public.
The overall goal of the project is to contribute to reducing corruption, promote judicial transparency in processing anti-corruption cases; and enhance accountability in the criminal justice system in Nigeria. The foundation has set up legal resource centres across the (8) focal states of the project, with the aim of making available to the citizens of Nigeria, the access to the hard copies of the court judgment on corruption cases.
The UWAZI platform is aimed at digitalizing courts proceedings/judgments in Nigeria with a view to promoting accountability and transparency in the fight against corruption. The platform enables users to scan, upload, publish court documents and create a table of contents while end users can search, filter documents, track changes, cross reference and download documents/court rulings on corruption cases.
The goal of UWAZI is therefore to enhance easier access to court documents on corruption online which is made available via https://cleen.uwazi.io. As a member of the Monitoring Sub-Committee of the Administration of Criminal Monitoring Committee, It is also part of the prerogative to monitor cases of corruption in relation to the ACJA 2015 and also collate data to ascertain the level of awareness and compliance with the provisions of the ACJA 2015m from the stakeholders to the end-users of the criminal justice system. With a total of Eight (8) different types of courts which they have access to; The State High Court; Code of Conduct Tribunal; Sharia Courts; Area Courts; Court of Appeal; Industrial Court; Federal High Court; and the Supreme Court.
The platform which was inaugurated first in Abuja in 2019, had since then uploaded over 500 court cases, entailing 362 financial crime case;217 Corruption Cases, 96 other related cases and also 53 matters related to accountability and transparency.
The Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation, Benson Olugbuo said that the project principally seeks to monitor cases of corruption in relation to the ACJA 2015 through a web-based platform- UWAZI which is functional, accessible and within the reach of the public. He also affirmed that this initiative is being practised in Nigeria and other countries and was not the first place to start the initiative.