NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 8 – The Judiciary on Thursday morning launched its first performance review report with Chief Justice David Maraga identifying Webuye Law Courts as among the best performing.
Chief Justice Maraga said the review mechanism, which was initiated by his predecessor Willy Mutunga, covers the year between July 2015 and 2016.
He said the Judicial Service Commission will use the report in promotions and the Judiciary will institute an incentive framework to reward top performers.
“The Judicial Service Commission (JSC), which I must thank for its steadfast support, takes the findings of this report seriously and will use it as a reference point in its decision-making processes, including promotions. The JSC will come up with a reward and sanction mechanism as part of institutionalising performance management and measurement in the Judiciary.”
Maraga said Kenya’s is the first Judiciary in the region to launch such a report and said it was his intention that it would become a global leader.
“I am pleased to say that we are the pioneers of using performance data to measure what counts in the Judiciary in the region and indeed for most of Africa.”
The aim of the report is to improve case management by eliminating file loss, case backlog and reducing the time accused persons are remanded before their cases are heard among other targets.
Maraga says the report will inform the posting of judges, the conduct of service weeks among other administrative decisions to improve on service delivery.
Justice George Odunga was among the top performers recognised for his timely judgments.