Magistrates asked to inspire public confidence

PRESS RELEASE. JUDICIARY NAIROBI, JUNE 19, 2017. MAGISTRATES ASKED TO INSPIRE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE.   Chief Justice David Maraga has asked Magistrates and Kadhis to ensure they deliver on election cases on time and to observe high levels of integrity to maintain public confidence in the Judiciary.



Speaking during the opening of the  Annual Magistrates and Kadhis Colloquium in Nairobi yesterday, Justice Maraga said it was through timely delivery of judicial services while ensuring high standards of integrity that the public will have confidence in the institution.



 “The greatest asset in the Judiciary is public confidence in what we do. The moment we loose it, we shall have lost all. We need to make sure we keep it,” said Justice Maraga.



The Chief Justice said the Judiciary is doing well in the delivery of its mandate and he commended the Magistrates and Kadhis for working hard to ensure that they deliver. He promised to stand by the officers whenever they are falsely accused of engaging in malpractices.  However, all accusations against judicial officers that are brought to his attention will be investigated and the appropriate action taken, he said.



The Chief Justice urged the Magistrates to fast track the determination of election cases and to be responsive to national issues that may affect the elections while handling such matters. “As we go into the elections, let us ensure that all hate speech cases are properly handled. Magistrates have to look at the welfare of the country,” he said.



The Chief Justice emphasized the need for digitization of court records and retrieval systems to ensure efficiency in handling court matters. “The Judiciary must digitize its records and there is no reason why a whole arm of government can’t digitize its records,” said the Chief Justice.



He promised to fully implement his blue-print, dubbed Sustaining Judiciary Transformation, and asked the judicial officers to work hard and help him deliver on his promises.



Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi asked the Magistrates to remain sober and handle election petitions without being dragged into the elections mess caused by politicians during the campaign and election period.



Others who addressed the conference which is being attended by over 200 magistrates and kadhis are Director of the Judiciary Training Institute, Professor Otieno-Odek and the Registrar of the Magistrates Courts, Mr Peter Mulwa.