Judiciary to unveil performance report

The Performance Management and Measurement Steering Committee (PMMSC) was appointed in January 2013, to institutionalize performance management and measurement in the Judiciary.


The committee developed a performance management framework and recommended adoption of Performance Management and Measurement Understandings (PMMUs) as one of the key management tool to implement and track the performance initiative across the Judiciary.


Between October and December 2016, an evaluation exercise was conducted to measure the performance of courts. This was after 227 implementing units negotiated and signed their targets during the first cycle of PMMUs introduced in 2015/2016. 


The exercise sought to establish the extent to which implementing units had achieved negotiated targets, identify areas that need improvement and in turn provide credible reliable and useful performance information, for effective decision-making.


The report from this exercise presents results of the first performance evaluation conducted in the Judiciary in line with indicators contained in the PMMUs that were signed for the 2015/2016 financial year.


It provides useful insights on indicators such as case clearance rate, backlog reduction and productivity of judges and magistrates across the courts countrywide.


Performance-based management system provides an excellent approach of planning, organizing, delivering and evaluating courts, administrative units and directorates’ performance towards delivery of expected results. It leads to increased productivity among judges, judicial officers and staff, enhanced data usage in decision making, improvement of data capture through the Daily Court Returns Template (DCRT), and improved record keeping and reduction of pending cases.


Implementation of PMMUs in Judiciary is consistent with Article 159 of the Constitution which requires expeditious delivery of justice. Further, Article 232 of the Constitution on Values and Principles of Public Service requires efficient and economic use of resources, and responsive, prompt, effective, impartial and equitable provision of services.