Mutunga asks lawyers to be patriotic

June 19, 2012 1:49 pm
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Speaking at the Supreme Court during the swearing in ceremony he called on the new lawyers to dedicate themselves to the service of Kenyans/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 19 – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga on Tuesday admitted 112 advocates to the Bar urging them to develop indigenous jurisprudence.

Speaking at the Supreme Court during the swearing in ceremony he called on the new lawyers to dedicate themselves to the service of Kenyans.

“I want to emphasise the need to develop not only highly competent but also indigenous, patriotic and progressive jurisprudence for Kenya that is pegged to the vision of our progressive Constitution,” he said.

According to Mutunga, Kenyans have often depended on foreign legal theory that sometimes does not serve the needy areas of the locals.

Though he appreciated the positive input by foreign practice, he believed Kenyans have the capability of developing indigenous jurisprudence that can also be exported to other countries.

“The quality of our robust and indigenous and patriotic jurisprudence should be a product for export to these distinguished jurisprudence,” he said.

Mutunga who marked the first anniversary as the Chief Justice of Kenya under the new Constitution on Tuesday further urged the newly sworn in advocates to uphold national values with integrity.

The advocates were also warned against greed which over the years had plagued the Judiciary leading to gross misconduct that made it to be associated with poor service delivery and corruption.

As a result, the Judiciary earned itself lack of confidence in the public.

Mutunga who acknowledged the image of the Judiciary had changed owing to the ongoing vetting process told the advocates to ensure that their guiding factor is unbiased service to all Kenyans.

He said some of the things the Judiciary was adopting to improve services was provision of more detailed written submissions.

He said they had also ensured that all judges will have legal researchers to ensure Kenyans get justice based on facts.

The CJ also said continuous training will be vital in instilling new knowledge, refreshing judicial staff and also improving skills in the delivery of service.

The Judiciary has been undergoing massive transformation in its quest to clear the negative image.

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