- The Registry is headed by the Registrar assisted by a Deputy Registrar and is situated at the temporary seat of the Court in Arusha.
- It is the front office of the Court, responsible for receiving and acceptance of documents, maintenance of records related to cases in the Court and also effecting service as provided in the Rules of Procedure of the Court.
- At the seat of the Court each Division has a Registry office manned by two Court Clerks.
- In order to bring justice closer to the people, the Court established Sub-Registries in the capital cities of the Partner States.
- Each sub-registry has a Court Clerk employed by the Court who handles matters for both Divisions and is supervised by a senior judicial officer of the National court.
- The Sub-registries receive and file cases brought to Court which are then immediately transmitted to main registry via electronic case management system.
- Sub-Registries have reduced the cost of litigants travelling to Arusha to file matters and other processes. Litigants only travel to Arusha for hearings of the cases.
Maintenance of registers and records
- The main Registry maintains registers in which all cases are registered. There are separate registers for cases in the First Instance Division and the Appellate Division.
- Separate registers are kept for the different types of cases filed at the Court which include; Claims, References, Advisory Opinions, Case Stated, Applications, Reference on taxation, Appeals and Taxation Causes.
- All cases entered in the register are numbered serially for each succeeding year.
- Cases go through various pleading stages as per the rules and after pleadings are closed the case is fixed for a scheduling conference, thereafter it is scheduled for hearing and subsequently and decision rendered.
- After hearing and upon pronouncement of Judgment/ Ruling and upon issuing execution orders, the case will be marked as closed. The records are then preserved in the Courts archives.
- The Court launched a Case Management and Recording System that is being piloted internally and will soon be open to all external users of the Court. It will greatly enhance the capacity of Court to dispense justice much more timely and speedier