Kenya judiciary seeks to improve

March 19, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 – The Judiciary has stated its commitment to offer quality service to Kenyans despite the many difficulties it encounters.

High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola exuded confidence on Thursday that the Judiciary would continue hearing cases to their conclusion despite feeble manpower.

In an exclusive interview with Capital News, he however said that there was room for improvement in the operations of the court system.

“Within the constraints of our jobs, the Judiciary does not have the numbers it should have, judges are fewer than they should be, magistrates are fewer than they should be,” Justice Lenaola explained.

“Within the confines of our difficulties and challenges, we are dealing with them to the best of our ability.”

The High Court judge was speaking ahead of the launch of the Judiciary Strategic Plan 2009-2012 where he outlined some of the activities that will be focused on.

“We intend to tell the public what we are doing about expediting their cases and we also intend to show them what we have done since 2007,” he stated, and added that the main complaint during 2007 was that cases were slow.

The Judiciary is expected to launch its Open Day on Friday, where judges and magistrates will interact with members of the public to enlighten them on the role and functions of the judiciary.

Chief Justice Evan Gicheru will open the event, which will also host court visits and question and answer sessions with the public.

A statement from the Judiciary said the exercise would open them to public scrutiny for accountability and encourage the public to make use of the law courts as well as participate in the review and reform of the judicial process.

The exercise, which will further enhance public information about the Judiciary, would also enforce accountability on the part of the judicial officers with an aim of promoting integrity and efficiency in the courts.

Some of the objectives during the Open Day will be ways of improving the image of the Judiciary, which will include strengthening communication, and formulating strategies to address perennial complaints.

Ways of building capacity within the Human Resource Management in court systems will also be looked into in order to improve service delivery to the public.

In addition, the Judiciary will oversee and facilitate other programmes in the area of governance through the promotion of access to justice, judicial reforms and anti-corruption initiatives.


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