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Judiciary Training Institute
The Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) was established in 2008 to provide judicial education for judges and magistrates. Since then, it has grown into a formidable institution in the Judiciary.
Under the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, the Judicial Service Commission is responsible for preparing and implementing programmes for continuing education and training for judges and other judicial officers.
JTI exercises this delegated mandate, and is therefore responsible for meeting the training, research and capacity development needs of Judiciary staff. JTI performs this mandate in part through various training programs and seminars, public lectures, research, and other forms of discourses targeting all cadres of Judiciary staff, and where, appropriate, members of the academy and the public at large.
As the Judiciary’s Institute of higher learning, the JTI is leading the Judiciary, in line with Judiciary Transformation Framework, in facilitating the growth of jurisprudence and judicial practice as the lifeblood of our institution. The JTI is the judicial think tank: an institute of global excellence and the nerve centre of rich intellectual exchange. It interfaces between the Judiciary and contemporary developments in society, on the one hand, and learning interaction between the Judiciary and other agencies, on the other. The JTI provides the intellectual anchor in making our courts the hearth and home of a robust and functional jurisprudence that meets the aspirations of Kenyans.
JTI offers induction courses for all newly employed staff to help them transition into a career in the Judiciary.
Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) for Judges & Magistrates
All Judges and Magistrates serving in all courts across the country undergo regular training by the Judiciary Training Institute. Courses are offered in substantive law, evidence and procedure and, where appropriate, subject expertise; the acquisition and improvement of judicial skills including, where appropriate, leadership and management skills and the social context within which judging occurs.
This training helps to keep them in touch with the community, aware of pressing social issues, and up-to-date with latest developments in the law.
A primary mission of the CJE program is to assist judicial officers in the performance of their duties by enhancing professional expertise, facilitating development of judicial knowledge and skills, including an appreciation of the social context of law, and promoting the pursuit of juristic excellence.
Training for Judiciary Staff
JTI also offers training to different cadres of staff to equip them with skills necessary for the performance of their duties. Recent trainings have been done to customer care staff from all over the country, while a course entitled “Basic Law for Court Assistants and Administrative Assistants (Law 101)” is ongoing.
JTI spearheads discussions towards the formulation of various policies for internal use within the Judiciary, and for the administration of justice.
Under the JTF, the Judiciary is committed to stakeholder engagement as a means of enhancing effective administration of justice.The Judiciary Training Institute is the focal point for multi-stakeholder discussion on common concerns in the justice system, such as temporary injunctions, public interest litigation, poaching & environmental crimes management, legal responses to terrorism, human rights, etc.
JTI works closely with several national, regional and international institutions in the delivery of its programs.
JTI partners with local government and non-government bodies to deliver courses on various thematic areas to judicial officers and judiciary staff. These include: The Witness Protection Agency, the Anti-Counterfeit Agency, etc.
At the regional level, JTI is a member of the East Africa Community Judicial Education Committee whose mandate is to foster close cooperation and collaboration in training between the Judiciaries of the member states of the East Africa Community. JTI currently holds the rotational chair of the Committee.
JTI also takes part in activities organized by The Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, a global NGO which was founded to provide support and linkage among existing Commonwealth judicial education bodies and to encourage the sharing of information, human and fiscal resources inter-nationally and inter-regionally.
“We at the Judiciary have decided to make the Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) the nerve centre of a robust, indigenous and patriotic jurisprudence. JTI is the Judiciary’s institution of higher learning. Though judges used to sarcastically wonder who would train them now this is no longer an issue because we have all agreed we must undergo training, not just legal, but one that is multi-disciplinary. The Supreme Court and the JTI are establishing networks of “friends” of JTI and SC. These networks include academicians, other judiciaries, civil society groups, think-tanks.”
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga speaking at the launch of the publication of ICJ Kenya’s Judicial Watch Report Series Vol. 10 at Serena Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, on March 22, 2012.
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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.
Budget Reduction to affect JTI Activities
The National Treasury recently directed budget reduction on the current budget of the Judiciary due to low performance of revenue and emerging priorities. As a result, JTI has revised its Training Calendar to downscale trainings to accommodate this development. [Read More]
Continuous judicial education and Kenya School of Government (KSG) trainings
JTI has facilitated induction programs for about 1500 new staff of the Judiciary. For existing staff, the institute facilitated 356 Judicial Officers and staff to attend Kenya School of Government trainings. [Read More]
JTI staff retreat and team building
JTI staff attended a retreat aimed at training and equipping them with skills of minute taking, change management, report writing and rapporteuring. The training which ran from July 30 to August 4 in Mombasa also engaged participants in team building and excursion activities. The facilitators were drawn from the KSG in Nairobi and Mombasa. [Read More]
Court of appeal judges trained on legal framework for revenue and tax laws
JTI conducted a training workshop for Court of Appeal Judges from 12th to 15th October, 2017. The main agenda of the training was discussions around revenue and taxation issues that relate to law.
Court of appeal judges trained on legal framework for revenue and tax laws
JTI conducted a training workshop for Court of Appeal Judges from 12th to 15th October, 2017. The main agenda of the training was discussions around revenue and taxation issues that relate to law. [ Read More ]
As part of JTI mandate to undertake various research programmes and or come up with policies, various research programmes have been actively in progress. Amongst the programmes undertaken by the JTI’s Research and Policy Department are: [ Read More ]
Induction for New Staff
In order to enhance the human resource capacity of the Judiciary, the Judicial Service Commission recruited over 1200 Judiciary staff during the 2016/2017 financial year.The staff includes secretaries, clerical officers, court interpreters, ICT officers and archivists. [ Read More ]
Workshop for judges of Employment and Labour Relations Court
The ELRC held a workshop for its Judges between 4th and 7th October, 2017. The workshop’s theme was“Striving towards an efficient Employment and Labour Relations Court with a focus on Sustaining Judiciary Transformation: opportunities, challenges and strategies”. [ Read More ]
Sustaining Judiciary Transformation
As part of dissemination and sensitization of staff, all trainings and workshops organized by JTI have had a component of SJT. The components include fair access to justice, clearance of case backlog, integrity, fight corruption and re-organization of Judiciary complaints handling mechanisms, restructuring and strengthening the office of the Judiciary Ombudsperson, Judiciary digital strategy and leadership and governance. [ Read More ]
Introduction of performance targets at JTI. Performance Management and Measurement Understanding (PMMU) for JTI.
JTI negotiated performance targets and contracts with PMMU during 2016/2017 financial year to cascade the contents of the contract to the staff of the institute. [ Read More ]
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JTI negotiated performance targets and performance contracts with PMMU during 2016/2017 financial year to cascade the contents of the contract to the staff of the institute
Judiciary Training Institute staff at Shimo La Tewa.
The Judiciary holds its Annual Sports Day – May 26 and 27, 2017.
The event involves court stations from 15 regions. The teams are participating in different in and outdoor games. [ Read More ]
Highlights of the Chief Justice Blueprint
Chief Justice David Maraga launched his Strategic Blueprint on January 25th 2017, titled Sustaining Judiciary Transformation: A New Service Delivery Agenda. [ Read More ]
Trainings on electoral dispute resolution enhanced
Electoral dispute resolution plays an important role in ensuring credible elections, the reason why the Judiciary takes training of its staff on the subject seriously. [ Read More ]
Judiciary Annual Sports Day scheduled for May
The Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) has already formed a technical committee which comprises staff members from different offices and directorates within the Judiciary to begin the preparations for the event. [ Read More ]
JTI Priority now on EDR Training
The directive by the Chief Justice was informed by the need to ensure that the Judiciary is prepared to handle the avalanche of election disputes likely to be before the courts after the 2017 elections. [ Read More ]
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The National Treasury Circular dated 25th September 2017 directed budget reduction on the current budget due to low performance of revenue and emerging priorities namely repeat of the Presidential election, insecurity, drought response measures and Government of Kenya counterpart funds requirement.