42 new magistrates inducted
Over 40 newly recruited magistrates took their oath of office in December 2017.
The ceremony conducted by the Registrar, Magistrate’s Court Peter Mulwa was witnessed by Chief Justice David Maraga, JSC members, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi among other guests.
The CJ cautioned the 42 magistrates recruited by the Judicial Service Commission against engaging in corrupt practices adding that there is perceived and real corruption in the Judiciary.
He said the institution has however put in place mechanisms to monitored activities in courts across the country to ensure cases of corruption are dealt with firmly.
“Allegations of corruption in the Judiciary are there, some are real while others are perceptions, we have ways of knowing which are real and those that are perceptions,” the CJ said.
The CJ challenged the judicial officers to familiarize with his blueprint — Sustaining Judiciary Transformation framework: A Service Delivery Agenda — in order to implement it fully and fast-track cases in court.
“My blueprint targets to clear case backlog in the courts in the next five years, find a way of clearing all those cases,” Justice Maraga said.
Justice Maraga urged the magistrates to work with dignity and at the same time be firm and avoid political influences as well as biases. He asked them to be courageous in the dispensation of justice and pledged his support to ensure they delivered on their mandate.
JSC Commissioners Mohammed Warsame, JA and Mercy Deche told magistrates that the Commission expects them to work with dignity adding it will provide the support they require to discharge their duties.
They warned that the Commission will not hesitate to take action against those who involve themselves in misconduct. They urged magistrates to stay true to their oath adding that their professional conduct will define their growth as judicial officers.
Judiciary Training Institute Director Justice Prof James Otieno Odek said the institute will provide continuous training opportunities for the new officers to sharpen their judicial skills.
Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi asked them to adhere to the code of conduct in order to serve the public as is expected of them.
“Service delivery in the Judiciary is affected due to the diminishing number of magistrates who leave due to misconduct most of which is bribery related, so ensure that you avoid any form of misconduct,” the CRJ said.
The officers were at the JTI to undergo induction.