Public happy with judicial reforms – KNCHR

November 29, 2013 2:36 pm
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The report specifically says the Judicial Transformative Framework launched last year has helped in building the confidence/FILE
The report specifically says the Judicial Transformative Framework launched last year has helped in building the confidence/FILE
NAIROBI Kenya, Nov 29- A report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) indicates that there has been a significant increase in public confidence in the Judiciary.

This is especially so because of the judicial reforms currently being instituted.

The report specifically says the Judicial Transformative Framework launched last year has helped in building the confidence.

Under the framework, the Judiciary wants to improve on its delivery of services, have a transformed leadership and a motivated staff.

The report noted that under the same framework, the Judiciary has increased the number of mobile courts as a result decreasing the cost of accessing judicial services for public interest cases.

Speaking during the launch of the report, the Commission Secretary Patricia Nyaundi however said the sector requires more funds.

In the last year financial year, budgetary allocation to the judiciary increased to Sh16.1 billion compared to Sh15.4 billion previously allocated.

“The sector requires enough money so that it continues carrying out the identified constitutional, judicial and police reforms,” she said.

However this is below the estimated amount of Sh24.1 billion requested by the Judiciary.

The report recommends the state to enhance security in the refugee camps while still respecting the human rights of refuges and the general public.

“State and non-state actors should be held accountable for any human rights violations that they commit,” it recommends.

It further states, “The state should promote an inclusive approach to the promoting involuntary return whether through the suspension of registration or others forms of coerced return and should promote the recognition of alternative legal statuses for refuges in Kenya.”

Nyaundi however cautioned that the infighting seen within the institution may hurt the progress.

“More recently, the public was treated to infighting between the Chief Registrar of the High Court and the Judicial Service Commission,” she pointed out.

She warned that, “These challenges have the potential of lowering public perception of the Judiciary’s ability to deliver on the transformative framework.”

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