Grant Awarded to the African Legal Information Institute

Awarded on 23 Jan 2013

Seychelles

Information and Communication Technology

Grant amount £23,318.09

ALII logoIndigo has awarded a grant of £22,672 to the African Legal Information Institute to fund a joint project with the Seychelles Legal Information Institute.

Across Africa the judiciary, attorneys and public frequently have to operate within the court system without access to the laws that govern them. The very nature of legislation is that it is constantly changing and being updated, but in reality it is often only the Supreme Court that has a full and comprehensive knowledge of the legal system.

To overcome this problem in the past a “Grey Book” was created which held within itsSeyLII logo pages all the previous year’s case law and a full complement of legislation. Technology has somewhat changed this over the years. In the Seychelles much legislation (up to 1991) is already available online with a project underway to bring it up to date.

This project recognises that having legislation online, whilst welcome, is not always enough to ensure universal access. As such Indigo’s funding will be used to create an e-book to replace the old Grey Book. With the ability to read laws on mobile, tablet or indeed offline, this e-book will work to greatly widen access to the law that govern the Seychelles. It complements a recent programme by the judiciary to equip all Seychellois judges with tablet computers. This work is so important; plaintiffs, defendants, attorneys and the judiciary are all involved in vital work. Court cases can literally transform people’s lives and in some cases deny them their freedom. We wholeheartedly support this work towards open, fair and accountable justice.