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Computerisation of Criminal Record Registry in Mozambique

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The Mozambican Justice Ministry launched the long overdue computerisation of the Criminal Record Registry. Initially this computerised service will only be available in Maputo and in Quelimane, capital of the central province of Zambezia. It will later be extended to the other provinces.

Computerisaton will allow greater speed in issuing Criminal Record Certificates. This initiative seeks to allow all provinces to benefit from services created by the government, and reduces the time citizens have to wait for their certificate. Next year, the Property Register (which lists the ownership of buildings) will be computerised. The issuing of a Criminal Record Certificate should take no more than three days. But in the provinces it can take up to six months. This is because the Criminal Record Department is centralised, and issuing certificates depends on documents being sent between wherever the petitioner lives and Maputo. It is hoped that with on-line services these delays can be eliminated, and the three day deadline for issuing certificates complied with, or even reduced to one day.

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