, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 15 – Chief Justice David Maraga has launched the National Committee on Criminal Justice Reforms (NCCJR) which will ensure efficient, effective and consultative approach in the administration of justice and reform of the justice system.
Speaking during the launch on Monday, Maraga urged the committee to formulate and implement policies that will ensure efficient administration of justice to all.
“It’s your mandate to monitor and mobilise resources for the purpose of the efficient administration of justice for all,” said Maraga.
Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu asked the committee to evaluate and review strategies for the administration of equal justice to both the poor and the rich.
“A report that that was conducted January last year indicated the criminal justice system to be largely unfair against the poor, therefore this committee should spearhead the implementation of the audit recommendations and policy reforms in Kenya to ensure justice for all,” said Mwilu.
She also asked the committee to facilitate the establishment of court users committee at the county level.
Attorney General Githu Muigai asked the committee to review the substantive criminal law saying the procedure and processes of administering justice are very slow.
Representing the Council of Governors, Vice- Chairperson Anne Waiguru said that counties are committed to ensuring that justice becomes accessible to all Kenyans in the every county.
“The Council of Governors is delighted to be a member in the committee of Criminal Justice Reforms and will endeavour to work hand in hand to ensure that at the end we will have a reformed criminal justice system,” said Waiguru.
The committee will be chaired by Lady Justice Grace Ngenye and has brought together stakeholders from Judiciary, International commission of Jurists, Ministry of Health, Council of Governors, Kenya Defence Forces and Witness Protection Agency among others.