KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

Muchu Kaingu

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM
THIS CASE STUDY

Policy/decision-makers

Communities

Civic Tech

KEY CATEGORIES

Human trafficking

Modern slavery

Safety

CONTACT CTIN

CASE STUDY

Apptorney: Increasing access to justice and promoting the rule of law in Zambia

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

Apptorney

info@apptorney.org

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

Live

Zambia

2018

N/A

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CASE STUDY

Apptorney is a legal tech platform that provides users with legal information on Zambian case law, legislation, and subsidiary legislation. Apptorney is a legal tech start-up headquartered in Lusaka, Zambia by founders at the intersection technology and law. The platform is an agnostic mobile application that uses natural language processing and content indexing and categorization to provide user friendly search functionality to its users.

WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM AND APPROACH?

The Problem

Millions of Zambians are legally disadvantaged because they do not know the law as it is inaccessible to them. In order to access the law, they have to contact a lawyer, or dig deep into physical court archives, expensive publications, and complicated systems that only legal practitioners can understand. The status quo ensures that a select elite have access to justice while the masses are denied it. The law is currently a privilege of the rich and this undermines the rule of law.

The Solution

Apptorney is a platform developed to bring the law to the people. It consolidates all sources of law into one platform accessible by all. Apptorney aims to provide free, public, and user-friendly access to the law to make it available to Zambian citizens, legal institutions, and businesses. 

Apptorney users can have access to:

  • Zambian Case Law
  • Zambian Legislation
  • Zambian Subsidiary Legislations
LESSONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

What played out and why? (story, enablers / obstacles, successes / challenges, assessment…)

Apptorney, was founded in 2018 by Muchu Kaingu, Edwin Kamau, Soi Kaingu and Misozi Ngulube at the intersection of technology and law. The founders advocate for legal inclusion through various channels that emphasize inclusive technology. Apptorney is the first mobile application to provide access to Zambian law. The platform is updated by a dedicated team of legal researchers. The Apptorney platform is composed of a right mix of technologists (50%) and legal (50%) whose skills ultimately come together to bring legal information to the Zambian citizens. 

Successes

  • Apptorney was named the winner of Seedstars Lusaka pitching event in 2019. 

Apptorney’s planned goals and Milestones

  • Partnerships with the governments, as well as partnerships with mobile network operators.
  • Provision of free legal access to Zambians.
  • Addition of a marketplace that will democratize legal services and make legal access more affordable for all Zambians.
  • Addition of legal directory where law firms can promote their services.

What is your takeaway message? 

Using Apptorney can save you close to 80% of legal research time.

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