New judges to help clear backlog in Judiciary

July 18, 2014 4:28 pm
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The newly sworn in 11 Judges of the High Court will all serve for two weeks at the Civil Division of the High Court in Nairobi hearing civil appeals as part of their induction. Photo/FILE.
The newly sworn in 11 Judges of the High Court will all serve for two weeks at the Civil Division of the High Court in Nairobi hearing civil appeals as part of their induction. Photo/FILE.
NAIROBI, Kenya, July18- The eleven newly appointed judges have been tasked the responsibility of clearing the backlog of cases in Nairobi, under an initiative unveiled on Friday.

The judges will handle 1,500 pending civil and civil appeal cases from Monday.

The initiative, dubbed the “Civil Cases Service Week” targets the High Court Civil Division at Milimani in Nairobi, which has the highest number of pending cases totaling 35,213.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga who unveiled the drive on Friday morning said an audit conducted between 2012 and 2014 revealed that there were 82,136 cases pending in the Milimani High Court Divisions, which account for nearly 50 per cent of the 177,898 pending cases countrywide.

Of these cases, 8,467 are Civil Appeals some of which have been pending for over 14 years in the High Court.

The newly sworn in 11 Judges of the High Court will all serve for two weeks at the Civil Division of the High Court in Nairobi hearing civil appeals as part of their induction.

“The Judges will serve at the Division for a period of two weeks before being posted to courts across the country with the greatest need, the Judiciary is committed to expediting delivery of justice in the courts,” he said.

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