, NAIROBI Kenya, Nov 15 – Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal is calling for proper funding of Court User’s Committee’s (CUCs) to fully execute their mandate.
She says the committees have remained considerably underfunded noting that their operations depend more on the courage and commitment of their respective leaders and members than on finances allocated to the stations.
Addressing the committees on Friday, Rawal said the situation need to be urgently addressed for them to continue offering quality services to the public.
She announced that a special working group is set to be established to develop and implement a sector-wide strategy to increase funding to all justice institutions.
“I applaud each and every one of you for the great innovation you have made in operationalising Court User’s Committee’s and encourage you to persist in the implementation of your existing strategies; but the resource situation must change-and urgently so. We must explain ourselves and what we do better to the Kenyan public and parliament,” she stressed.
She however noted that the National Council for the Administration of Justice “has received great support from development partners.”
The Deputy Chief Justice also noted that it was the role of the Kenyan taxpayer and leadership to bear more burden of keeping the wheels of justice in motion.
“CUCs are optimal site of service delivery. I urge you to build on the work already conducted by the Judiciary Transformation Secretariat in spearheading the entrenchment of a culture of positive change,” she said.
The committees are formed by representatives from various institutions among them the prisons and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.