NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30 – Kenya Law on Wednesday unveiled a new interactive website that allows members of the public to access information about their cases and also confirm court dates.
Kenya Law was previously known as the Kenya National Council for Law Reporting.
The new website www.kenyalaw.org also contains all publications of the Kenya Gazette past and present.
According to Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Kenya is the only African country with such a website that allows members of the public access any legal information.
Mutunga said that the website will enable judicial officers understand their mandate and also create order in the courts.
“The new website is a transformation of the judicial institution and a boost to their reforms process.”
“We have come to an enlightened understanding of our mandate and made a commitment to not merely be a provider of public legal information but the people’s fountain of knowledge and understanding of the law for the promotion of the rule of law and advancement of a civilized society.”
“The accessibility of the Kenya Gazette online will further ensure that Kenyans are kept up to date in regard to all legislations in the country,” he explained.
The Chief Justice added that technology has hastened service delivery by judicial officers saying that in the past the officers lost records but now with the website all information is stored to be used even in the future.
Speaking at the launch, the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary (CRJ) Anne Amadi added that the website was built on an impact sourcing strategy where they provided members of the public who are unemployed with the role of updating content on the site.
She further revealed that the site can also be used by the disabled with ease.
“The establishment of this website has been an involving process; we have given a place to the less privileged to assist in its creation.”
“This mode of creation has been significant as we used the same people who need it to create it as such they create it in a way that they can understand it.”
“All government offices should work at ensuring that they consider this impact sourcing mode. In doing so they create jobs, they also ensure that their services are efficient,” the CRJ explained.
Acting Chief Executive Officer at Kenya Law Long’et Terer said that the launched website was just a start and they were working on translating the website.
He added: “The platform is accessible to people anywhere, anytime and at no cost implications. In due time; the website will be complemented by a Kiswahili version so that we can serve our audience more efficiently.”