Jul 28, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Chief Justice Martha Koome unveils new Environment, Lands courts

Eight judges will sit full-time at the newly established courts in Nyamira, Kilgoris, Siaya, Vihiga, Kwale, Isiolo, Homa Bay and Nanyuki starting next month.

Talking to 27 newly appointed judges during An introductory course on Wednesday, Judge Koome said she hopes for improved access to justice and swift handling of cases.

The judges include 18 from the district court and nine from the Employment and Labor Relations Court (ELC). .

“Your appointment gives Kenyans hope to seek justice through your courts,” she told judges at a Nairobi hotel.

Following recent appointments, the ELC now has 51 judges . It has 15,800 pending cases, with Mombasa and Milimani having the highest bundle at 2,093 and 1,993 respectively.

“About 60 percent of the cases ruled by our courts are land-related or have a land-related dimension,” the CJ said.

Regarding the Labor Court, the CJ has appointed three full-time judges in Kericho, Malindi and Bungoma. The court has 13,500 cases pending, with the majority of the cases in Nairobi.

In her address, the Chief Justice said that each judge should take individual initiative to reduce the backlog and ensure that there are cases listens and decides. determine in good time.

“My expectation is that no case should last longer than three years in a court and no longer than a year in an appeals court,” she emphasized.

She demanded also urged judges to actively manage cases to deal with the expected increase in case registrations.