The Judiciary developed a Judiciary Transformation Framework that has placed it on the path of institutional transformation. Popularly know as JTF, the 2012-2016 plan is the Judiciary’s strategic reform blueprint launched in May, 2012. It is anchored on four pillars, namely;
People-focused delivery of justice
Transformative leadership, organizational culture and professional staff
Adequate financial resources and physical infrastructure
Harnessing Technology as an enabler for justice
Pillar One: People-focused delivery of justice
Under this pillar, the Judiciary is pursuing strategies aimed at creating a legal system which ensures equality of all before the law and an equitable legal process. Judiciary is focused on delivering on three Key Result Areas namely, Access to Delivery of Justice; People-centredness and Public Engagement; and Stakeholder Engagement. Some of the key initiatives under this pillar include building more courts, increasing mobile Courts, and engaging the public and stakeholders in the administration of justice.
Pillar Two: Transformative Leadership, Organizational culture, and Professional and Motivated Staff
Under the pillar, Judiciary is changing its Philosophy and Culture, improve on Leadership and Management, decentralize its Organizational Structure, and establish institutions that support growth of Jurisprudence and Judicial Practice.
Pillar Three: Adequate Financial Resources and Physical Infrastructure
On financial resources, the Judiciary is focusing on delivering on two Key Result Areas, namely; Physical Infrastructure and Resources. Judiciary has developed an Infrastructure Development Master Plan and Strategy to accelerate the construction and refurbishment of Courts and operationalize the Judiciary Fund. Thus, Judiciary will develop and operationalize value-for-money standards, trails and indicators for forensic audit; training of procurement committees at the devolved units; and institutionalize development of annual procurement plans.
Pillar Four: Harnessing Technology as an Enabler for Justice
Since ICT is recognized as having an enormous potential to improve the administration of justice as a cross-cutting imperative for the pillars of transformation, Judiciary is adopting technology to facilitate speedier trials and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative processes.
Judiciary Transformation Framework goals
The Transformation of the Judiciary entails several goals:
Transforming the Judiciary to be an independent but complementary partner with other branches of government and to make Kenya a constitutional democracy founded on the values of the rule of law, human dignity, equity, social justice, human rights, transparency and accountability;
Transforming court procedures, processes, organizational culture, and management to re-orientate them towards a culture of responsive, friendly, and effective service delivery pegged on performance management;
Reordering the Judiciary’s administrative and judicial processes so that the former supports the latter to enhance delivery of services, improve access to justice by all;
Reorienting the work environment in the Judiciary with a view to providing a conducive and affirming work place where employees are treated fairly and respectfully to allow career advancement without discrimination;
Redesigning the institutional and administrative arrangements of the Judiciary to create a unified national institution with appropriate levels of devolution to enhance service delivery and facilitate innovations for Court administration and local solutions to local problems;
Transforming the Judiciary’s relationship with other institutions of the justice chain and other stakeholders involved in court administration to better manage inter-dependencies; and,
Equipping the Judiciary to develop a robust, indigenous, patriotic and progressive jurisprudence in the country.
The Judiciary is expected to bring the new Constitution to life by changing it from a policy into a living, breathing document which promotes values and principles and advances the rule of law and human rights, develops the law and contributes to good governance.