Electronic Filing System Now In Force
March 14, 2021

Advocates /State Attorneys now can file their pleadings while at their chambers, filling time extended to midnight,Judgments,Orders and Ruling to be signed Electronically.Development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has marked another Milestone in Tanzania Legal Regime following new Gazetted rules of procedures in Tanzania Courts.

On 13 April 2018, Chief Justice Prof. Ibrahim Hamis Juma while exercising his power under s. 4 of Judicature and Application of Laws Act, Cap 358 which empowers him to make any rules regulating practice and procedures in High Court and other Courts of the Land, he made the rules known as the Judicature and Application of Laws (Electronic Filling) Rules,2018.

Apparently, these rules aim to regulate electronic filling of the Courts’ documents. Under rule 4 Advocates, State Attorneys, agents and other relevant personnel can file their pleadings electronically. However in order to be able to do so, one needs to register for User Account with the Chief Registrar after Filling the prescribed Form C on the First Schedule of these Rules as provided under regulation 28.

Another remarkable milestone is that now Judgement, Orders, Decree and Ruling may be signed electronically as per Regulation 13. Regulation 21 has reduced the pressure of abiding with Court’s working hours, this is because it has extended the filing time to Midnight. Another interesting innovation is that, one may also file on Sunday and Saturday although such Filing may be deemed to have been filed on the immediately next working day. Therefore, pleadings or documents can be filed while one is at his office without physical embarrassment of long wait and que along Court’s corridors.

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Augustine Dominic Shio

Managing Partner

Augustine Dominic Shio is also known as Mr Shio is a highly sought-after and widely recognized criminal law expert with more than 30 years of experience advising and assisting corporations and individuals charged with white-collar crimes.

Overview

Before founding the firm Mr Shio held several positions in the public sector, he served as a Principal State Attorney at the Attorney General’s Chambers, Legal Advisor at the President’s Office (Commission for Enforcement of the Leadership Code), Director of Legal Services and Complaints at the Ministry of Home Affairs and retired as a Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions at the Directorate of the Public Prosecutions.

Mr Shio is a recipient of the Presidential Medal for his distinctive public services and ethics of the highest order. His distinguished aptitude in handling complex criminal cases, particularly money laundering, economic and organized crimes has enabled the firm to handle high profile criminal cases in Tanzania.

Practice Focus

As the firm’s head of the Financial & Organized Crimes Department, Mr Shio represents corporations and individuals in the telecoms, media & ICT, mining, oil & gas and banking sectors in high profile criminal cases. He has advised and prepared legal compliance models and for large scale agribusiness operators, public listed companies and securities dealers and brokers in line with sector-specific laws.

He possesses vast experience in advising multinational corporations on money laundering and tax evasion throughout the life span of their commercial transactions.

Mr Shio has represented clients in major plea bargaining negotiations at the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. He is renowned for closing some of the best pleas deals in the country on behalf of many locals and expatriates charged with money laundering, economic and organized crimes and cybercrimes. Additionally, Mr Shio consults and assists criminally charged individuals to secure pre-trail and post-trial bail on serious criminal charges.

Education

Mr Shio holds a Bachelor’s Degree (LL.B Hons) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Certificate in Criminal Justice and Treatment of Offenders from the United Nations Institute (Fuchu, Japan). He is a certified criminal law expert in Money Laundering and Terrorism.

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