Justice Aaron Ringera is among three judges who were on Wednesday appointed to the East African Court of Justice.
The East African Community Heads of States in its 12th Extraordinary Summit in Arusha appointed Justice Ringera and Edward Rutakangwa to the Appellate Division of the court and Fakih Jundu to the First Instance Division. Rutakangwa and Jundu are Tanzanians.
Justice Ringera, who was the head of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC), now the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), replaces Justice Philip Tunoi who is retiring from the East African court.
The appointments were made as the East African Court of Justice became the first court in the region to turn paperless.
President Uhuru Kenyatta who chairs the EAC led the other leaders in launching the court’s paperless system that would reduce the cost of litigation.
The new system comes with a new website that includes a digital case management system.
Judges at the court will no longer require handwritten notes and will depend on modern court recording technology that includes speech to text services.
Lawyers will no longer have to travel to Arusha from other parts of community to file cases because they can now do it from the comfort of their offices.
The Summit was attended by Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, First Vice President of Burundi Prosper Bazombaza and Prime Minister of Rwanda Pierre Habumuremyi.