Judiciary has a new performance management and measurement system in place

Judiciary has a new performance management and measurement system in place

Judges, judicial officers and staff have signed performance management and measurement understandings setting a stage for measuring performance and improving service delivery in the Judiciary.

During the signing, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga officially launched the Performance Management and Measurement Steering Committee (PMMSC) report that provides a framework for adoption and implementation of performance management systems in the institution.

The CJ signed the Performance Management and Measurement Understanding (PMMU) on behalf of the Supreme Court, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi signed on behalf of judicial staff, President Court of Appeal Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki on behalf of the Court of Appeal while Principal Judge signed on behalf of the High Court.

 

The performance understandings require a judge to hear at minimum, three criminal cases and a similar amount of civil matters per day while a magistrate is expected to deliver a minimum of 20 judgments/rulings per month. A two-judge bench on the other hand is expected to hear at minimum two cases per day.

 

Court registry staff will be expected to retrieve files within five minutes, prepare and disseminate causelists within seven days in advance including posting on the Judiciary website, prepare court summaries in a day and respond to written queries within two days.

The Supreme Court will hear and determine general applications within 60 and hear and determine petitions and appeals from the appellate court within 90 days from the date of filing.

 

The Court of Appeal will determine interlocutory applications within 30 days from the date of filing, criminal and civil appeals within 180 days from the date of filing and deal with election petition appeals with 180 days from the date of filing.

The High Court, both as an appellate and trial court, the Environment and Land Court and Employment & Labour Relations Court is expected to hear and determine civil and criminal matters within 360 days while election petitions are expected to be heard and determined in 180 days from the date of filing. The court is expected to deliver judgments and rulings within 60 days from the date of finalising the hearing.

 

Magistrates and Kadhi courts will hear and determine civil and criminal cases within 360 days, election petitions in 180 days from the dates of filing. The court will ensure delivery of judgments/rulings within 60 days from the date of finalisation of hearing.

 

Tribunals are obligated to hear and determine matters within 90 days from the date of filing or as stipulated by the relevant legislation.

 

The Performance Management and Measurement Understandings will take effect from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

 

Dr Mutunga said Judiciary is keen on informing Kenyans what every shilling allocated to the Judiciary in a given financial year yielded for them.

 

“The public has met their part of the bargain in servicing our needs; serving them is our obligation, not a favour extended to them,” Dr Mutunga said adding that we must thank them heartily and serve them generously.

 

He added: “The time has now come to systematically measure the outputs that all our interventions yield. The performance management system will enable us to agree on targets, assess their achievement and report on our productivity.”

 

The CJ said Judiciary is keen to encourage judges, judicial officers and staff to cultivate a performance culture that focuses on results, excellence and professionalism adding that the Judiciary is adopting a management style that is sensitive to performance where good work is rewarded and poor performance is sanctioned in a timely manner.

 

“We have signed onto many commitments, but briefly, we want to assure every court user that case files will be retrieved within five minutes of being requested. These are the standards to which we want you to hold us, once the investment in resources and technology is provided,” The CJ added.

 

The report introduces 10 court performance measures to be implemented progressively in the Kenyan Judiciary. They include;

 

  1. Access to Justice which measures the success of the Judiciary in making court services accessible to court users.
  1. Expeditious Disposal of Cases that involves measuring the percentage of cases resolved within established time frames by case type in a specified period.

 

  1. Remand Custody to measure the average length of time a suspect is held in custody awaiting trial.

 

  1. Court File Integrity to measure the accuracy and completeness of files.

 

  1. Trial and Delivery Date Certainty to measure the certainty with which mentions, hearings and delivery of judgments are held as scheduled.

 

  1. Case Clearance Rate to measure the extent to which the court system is able to dispose of cases relative to the cases filed within a specified time period.

 

 

  1. Case Backlog to measure the number of cases that remain unresolved beyond the stipulated timeframe or it is the proportion of unresolved cases older than the recommended time timeframe.

 

  1. Court User Satisfaction to gauge the level of stakeholder satisfaction with the services offered by the Judiciary.

 

  1. Work Environment and Employee Satisfaction to measure the status of the physical work environment and its effect on employee performance.

 

  1. Workload and productivity which is an overall efficiency measure between court productivity and human resource allocation (number of staff, as well as judges and judicial officers) in a given period.

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 Judiciary launches Performance Management and Measurement Report. [ Download PMMSC Report  ]. See also the Powerpoint presentation on the launch [ Download Powerpoint  ] Speeches: Chief Justice Willy Mutunga [ Download Speech ],  Justice P. Kihara-Kariuki [  Download Speech ], Justice Muchelule  [ Download Speech  ],  Justice Richard Mwongo[ Download Speech  ] Hon Justice Daniel K. Musinga[ Download Speech    ]

 

 

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and Chairman of the Judiciary Performance Management and Measurement Steering Committee Justice Daniel Musinga (L) unveil the Performance Management and Measurement Report during its launch on Wednesday, April, 15, 2015, at the Supreme Court, Nairobi.

 

 

CJ Willy Mutunga and CRJ Anne Amadi sign the PMMU after the launch of the Performance Management and Measurement report at Supreme Court, Nairobi. April 15, 2015.

 

 

Chairman of the Judiciary Performance Management and Measurement steering Committee Justice Daniel Musinga (L) hands the Performance Management and Measurement Report to Chief Justice Willy Mutunga during its launch on Wednesday, April, 15, 2015, at the Supreme Court, Nairobi.

 

A section of judges and other guests follow proceedings during the launch of the Performance Management and Measurement report at Supreme Court, Nairobi. April 15, 2015.