NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 2 – Chief Justice David Maraga has assured the public that new court facilities built across the country will translate into better court services.
Speaking on Thursday when he officially opened the new Kigumo Law Courts building, in Murang’a County, the CJ called on court officials to utilize the facilities to improve service delivery to wananchi.
He said it would be a disappointment to have the “spankling new buildings” without improving the quality of services offered to the public.
Saying that the Judiciary is committed to delivering justice expeditiously, he called judicial officers to ensure litigants understood the language used in proceedings.
Murang’a County Governor Mwangi wa Iria who also spoke during the function asked the Judiciary to expedite the resolution of many cases related to devolution which he said were currently pending at the Court of Appeal.
He at the same time expressed concern over the many succession matters that are dragging through the legal process saying that delays in resolving property inheritance matters was impeding development and contributing to escalated crime in our county.
“Very deep social injustices are caused by succession challenges,” the Governor said.
Governor Mwangi promised that his administration will donate two acres of land for construction of a new High Court building in Murang’a town and parcels of land in every sub-county for the construction of a magistrates’ court.
The Presiding Judge of the Muranga High Court, Justice Kanyi Kimondo, said the construction of new court buildings was a major step towards achieving the CJ’s vision of taking Judiciary services closer to the people.
The Law Society of Kenya Mt Kenya branch chairperson, Ms Linda Kiome, praised the Judiciary’s efforts to clear old cases and asked the Chief Justice to increase the number of service weeks. She also urged the Judiciary to act on the stalled court construction projects in the area.
The Kigumo building is the first court to be opened this year. It is one of the courts out of the 28 being supported and funded by the World Bank through the Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP).
The new Kigumo Court building constructed at a cost of Sh 94 million, consists of three court rooms, three chambers, registries for each division and separate holding facilities for men, women and juveniles complete with toilets.
Further, it consists of client consultation rooms and a well-stocked library for judicial officers and advocates together with a lounge.