Sh367 Million Homa Bay High Court building

Thursday, June 22, 2017.  The Judiciary has launched construction of yet another ultra-modern High Court building barely a week after starting work on the Sh379 million Isiolo High Court.

 

Chief Justice David Maraga laid the foundation stone yesterday for the Sh367 Million Homa Bay High Court building, which will take just a year to build.

 

He said the Judiciary was currently building more than 100 courts in different parts of the country as part of the Judiciary Transformation Agenda, which seeks to take judicial services closer to the people.

 

The building, comprising  nine chambers and eight courtrooms, will also have three boardrooms, rooms for advocates, space for lactating mothers and other modern facilities. It has been designed with the participation of different stakeholders through the Court Users Committee.

 

Speaking at the event, the Chief Justice said that the Judiciary has made arrangements to expeditiously dispose of all cases recently filed in the Court of Appeal in order not to delay the General Election.

 

“There is no question of us not holding a General Election on the 8th of August” the CJ said.

 

Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti thanked the Judiciary for expanding court facilities and pledged to allocate land for construction of children’s remand home.

 

Meanwhile Justice Maraga has called on residents in Homa Bay to embrace alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to solve minor disputes, particularly in succession matters.

 

The CJ said the Judiciary has already trained allchiefs in Homa Bay County on the Law of Succession to make them better understand how to help the people in managing successions.

 

“This helps greatly in reducing the number of cases our courts have to handle but even more important, it gives families the chance to avoid damaging their relationships unnecessarily by tearing each other apart in court,” the CJ explained.

 

He added: “This is a good initiative that boosts our efforts to encourage wananchi not to always rush to court whenever family disagreements begin to simmer. The training given to these chiefs makes them aware that they are an important link in the Alternative Justice System,” the CJ said.

 

During his tour of Kisii, Ogembo and Keroka Law Courts to inspect court services and facilities and meet Court Users Committees the CJ underscored the need for courts across the country to purchase furniture from local businesses instead of relying on central supply of imported items.

 

He said this will ensure quality while promoting local businesses. Some of the imported furniture, he said, break down even before it is assembled while some locally-made furniture lasts more than 20 years.  "The only furniture that should be procured from outside is specialized items such as orthopedic chairs," the CJ said.