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Improve the performance of the Judiciary to provide services in a more effective and accountable manner.
Strengthen the capacity of the Judiciary.
JPIP was conceptualized in 2012 and is being implemented till 2018. The project was designed to scale up and sustain stakeholder participation in the administration of justice and restore public confidence in the Judiciary. The project is being implemented by the Judiciary and also supports the Office of the Attorney General and The National Council for Law Reporting – (Kenya Law) as justice sector players.
1. INCREASING ACCESS TO COURTS AND LEGAL INFORMATION
Increasing access to courts and Legal Information will be achieved by reducing geographical distance to courts; improving links to court users and potential users and reducing knowledge barriers.
- Reduction of the average distance the general public travels to courts.
- Improve access to courts.
- Improve quality and access to judicial services and legal materials.
2. IMPROVING TIMELINESS OF JUDICIARY SERVICES
Improving timeliness of Judiciary services will be achieved through the reduction of blockages in the registries; increasing efficiencies by having improved facilities; and increasing the speed of case resolution.
- Reduction of the average time taken to dispose of cases in courts.
- Reduction of case backlog.
- Improve delivery of court services.
3. ENHANCING PERFORMANCE AND QUALITY OF DECISION MAKING
Enhancing performance and quality of decision making will be achieved by focusing on increasing the use of standards and data in management of the Judiciary; improving consistency, clarity and strengthening integrity in decision making.
- Increase knowledge and skills of Judiciary staff.
- Use the Integrated Performance Management and Accountability System (IPMAS) to assess staff performance.
- Improved outputs of personnel trained.
4. PROJECT MANAGEMENT UNIT
The project management unit is responsible for ensuring that JPIP is effectively and efficiently coordinated and managed. In particular it will ensure effective monitoring evaluation and reporting on the implementation of the activities, communication, construction, procurement and financial management.
JUDICIARY CONTINUES TO SET TARGETS
Performance evaluation and target setting exercise was conducted by several teams from the Performance Management and Measurement Steering Committee with technical support from Performance Management Directorate. Using the Performance Management and Measurement Understandings (PMMUs) instruments, the process entailed systematic setting of performance targets and assessing achievements made against evidence of implementation. The highly consultative exercise was conducted between September and November 2017 and evaluated the performance of the courts for the financial year 2016-2017 and set the targets for the 2017-2018 financial year. The exercise, which is in the third cycle of implementation, targeted all courts, registries, directorates and semi-autonomous institutions within the judiciary.
Hon. Justice Luka Kimaru, a member of the Performance Management and Measurement Steering Committee setting targets with Hon. Justice Charles Kariuki of the Makueni High Court and Hon. Justice Charles Mbogo of the Environment and Land Court in Makueni.
Hon. Justice Kimaru perusing through the Makueni Law Court civil register together with the PMD team of Nyambane, NJeru, Caroline and Khadhi Ishaq who is a member of PMMSC.
Hon. Justice Luka Kimaru holding consultative meeting on the PMMU exercise with Machakos High Court Presiding Judge Hon. Justice Pauline Nyamweya and Chief Magistrate Hon. Alfred Kibiru, Head of Station with the PMD team documenting the process.
KAPSABET RECEIVES COURT DESIGNS
The design for the new Kapsabet High Court was presented to Court Users Committee, Judicial Officers & Staff, other justice sector stakeholders and members of the public. Trioscape Ltd, a consultant firm, after the presentation collected views and suggestions that can be incorporated into the final design of the court. The Judiciary encourages public participation in the development of its infrastructure. The new High Court in Nandi County will reduce the distances litigants have to travel to Eldoret and other courts to have their cases heard. The court will have eight (8) court rooms, 11 chambers, spacious registries, separate cells for male, female and juveniles, offices for prosecution counsel, witness protection room, lactation rooms for staff and litigants, children’s area, ramps and other facilities.
Design of Kapsabet High Court
Court Users follow court design presentation by Trioscape Consultants
A SYSTEMATIC REGISTRY
In order to de-congest overcrowded registries, the Judiciary is procuring 28 shipping containers that will be refurbished for use as registries. The fully equipped and furnished containers will improve storage, retrieval and tracking of court files and make service delivery in the justice system more efficient and effective. These refurbished registries will give effect to the newly developed registry operation manuals that guide the organization and operation of a registry to ensure that it is systematic, efficient and transparent. A well-organized registry will assist in the reduction of incidences of loss of files and will be the foundation for automation of court related documentation. Court Registries are a critical step on the ladder to justice in the Courts as they capture and store the information that forms the basis of all the cases in Courts. The twelve (12) containers for the High Court and sixteen (16) for the Magistrate courts constitute an essential interface between the public and the justice delivery system. Courts cannot undertake their duty of hearing and determining cases in a timely and efficient manner without an efficient registry.
Refurbished Court Registry at Kakamega Law Courts
Refurbished Court Registry at Kakamega Law Courts
Inside the Refurbished Court Registry at Kakamega Law Courts
Files inside the Refurbished Court Registry in Kakamega Law Courts
Archives room at the Refurbished Court Registry in Kakamega Law Courts
TAMBAYA GETS A NEW COURT
The people of Mukurwe’ini Constituency, Nyeri County will be receiving a 5 story Magistrate Court that will contribute towards improving the timeliness of Judiciary Services. The litigants and stakeholders will be able to receive quality services and enable the Judiciary to dispense justice equally to all. The new court building will have 4 court rooms, 5 chambers, spacious registries, separate cells for male, female and juveniles, offices for prosecution counsel, witness protection room, ramps for physically challenged for both litigants and staff and other facilities required by law.
The Court was initially started at Tambaya market during the colonial period. The market got its name ‘TAMBAYA” from the words ‘SAA MBAYA’ which the colonialist used to tell the locals “…. you are coming to court at the wrong time”.
Since 1999, the Mukurwe’ini court has been operating from leased premises with only two court rooms from the local administration. The building used to serve as a colonial officers’ mess. The kitchen area of the mess was converted into a registry. The chimney was demolished to create more office space for the court. The court serves a population of approximately 83,932 people according to the 2009 population census covering an area of 178.6km2. Prior to occupying the leased house, the court used to be at a building that was constructed in 1930 by the colonialist as a residential house. The residential house was commissioned as a court in 1948. In 1999, the government found building inhabitable and condemned it. In consultation with the National Museum of Kenya, part of building will be retained as a historical monument in the new court building.
The site for the new Mukurwe’ini Magistrate Court, measuring 0.2231 hectares was handed over to One Source Construction Ltd to build the court at a cost of Ksh. 158million. The construction should take approximately 18 months to complete and will also include ICT facilities and other security features. The new facilities will contribute towards the reduction of case backlog, reduce the distances people travel to Nyeri to have some of their cases heard, reduce the time period litigants receive services and improve access to information. The Judiciary continues to strive to improve delivery of services and corporate image of the Judiciary.
The building accommodates two court rooms.
Cracks on the old Mukurweini Law Court building which was condemned.
Hon Wendy Micheni hands over site plans and ESMP reports to Barbara Okara of One Source Construction Limited
JUSTICE TOWERS IN MOMBASA
A new court building will be constructed within 18 months. The 4 storey building named “Justice Tower” by Court Users Committee of Mombasa Law Court, will contribute towards improving the timeliness of Judiciary Services by de-congesting the already overcrowded facilities. The Justice Tower will be able to accommodate the Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC) which is currently leasing premises. It is hoped that with improved and spacious facilities, more judicial officers and staff will be deployed to the court leading to reduction of case back log and more efficient dispensation of justice. The first court in Kenya was built in 1902 . The Old Court building was articulated the typical Swahili architectural traditional design. The walls consisted of coral stones that were bound together with mortar consisting of lime and earth. Lime plaster and whitewashed was applied onto the building. The building was rectangular and had been divided in three sections. It had two courtroom wings that flanked a central section which contained the support services for the courtrooms. The Old Court building was gazetted in 1985 as a historical monument but it is currently under renovations to house the Court of Appeal. The Old Court housed the Mombasa High Court until 1984 when the courts moved to the current premises.
The site for Justice Towers, measuring 1.477 hectares was handed over to Bashash Construction Co. Ltd to erect the four-storey building at a cost of Ksh. 445million. The design of the court building will be consistent with the typical Swahili architectural design and ambiance. Justice Towers will have 8 court rooms, 11 chambers, spacious registries, separate cells for male, female and juveniles, offices for prosecution counsel, witness protection room, lactation rooms for staff and litigants, children’s area, ramps for physically challenged for both litigants and staff and other facilities required in accordance to the law. The new facilities will immensely contribute towards the reduction of case backlog, reduction of the distances people travel to court to have some of their cases heard, reduction of the time period litigants receive services and improve access to information. The Judiciary is in the forefront in seeking ways of improving delivery of services.
Oldest Court in Kenya based in Mombasa
The new site for constriction of Magistrate court
Site handover to contractor for construction of Magistrate Court
IMPROVED SERVICES AT MOLO COURT
The construction of the Molo Law Courts is expected to be complete by February 2018. Ninety eight percent of the construction works is complete and it is partially occupied by Judiciary. Court users are very pleased with the design of the building and the spacious facilities it offers. “We used to have a very small court, people couldn’t fit inside the court rooms but now we have a very big court building with spacious court rooms.” says Michael Kiama of Elburgon, Molo Constituency. Kiama, a church elder who was at the court for his case, stated that he is very happy that the services have been brought closer to the people. “Before we used to travel all the way to Nakuru to have matters heard. Now it has been brought closer.” The new building will have 4 court rooms, 5 chambers, registries with adequate shelves to make retrieval of files easier and faster, a well-stocked library, offices for Prosecution Counsel, Police, Prison and Probation officers. Inspector Rolex Ogoy, Prisons Officer at the Molo Court is pleased with the holding cells at the courts. Inspector Ogoy states that “The design and setup of the cells has improved the working conditions because they are spacious and give room for adequate security. Previously it was small and congested making it prone to security breaches.” The new building has separate cells for male, female and juveniles, separate toilets facilities within the building.
The Judiciary continues to pursue excellence in service delivery by building ultra-modern facilities across the country. The new facilities will adequately handle the current caseload of 2,480 files at Molo Law Court.
Previous Molo Court
New Molo Law Courts
New cells for Male and Female at Molo Law Courts
IMPROVING TIMELINESS OF SERVICE IN KAKAMEGA
Land of approximately 3.5 acres at the Kakamega Law Court was handed over to Hashit Constractors Ltd for the construction of a new High Court building. The 5 story High Court building will contribute towards improving the timeliness of Judiciary services and dispensation of justice. The building will have 8 court rooms, 11 chambers, a well-organized registry that will make retrieval of files easier, a library, offices for prosecution counsel, police, prison and probation officers. Litigants will access information and quality services at the banking hall.
The current building was built in 1967 as a Magistrate Court and upgraded to a High Court in 1982 when a judge was posted to the Court. The court building has three court rooms and three chambers to serve a population estimated by the 2014 Kenya National Bureau of Statistics census, to be 1,812,330 and covering an area of 5309 sq. kms.
The Judiciary continues to strive in improving timeliness of service and facilities. Once the new court building is complete, it is anticipated that about 7 judges and 9 magistrates shall be posted to the court to handle the 1,538 caseloads at the station. Litigants will not have to travel over 80 kms to receive services from other court jurisdictions. This court is amongst 6 new high courts the Judiciary is building across the country aimed at improving performance.
The designs for the new Kakamega High Court are handed over by the Chief Magistrate Hon. Bildad Ochieng to Hashit Contractors Ltd
The 3.5 acreage site for the new Kakamega High Court
Kakamega Law Courts
The Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) is constructing/rehabilitating 28 courts supported by the World Bank Group to improve the performance of the Judiciary in service delivery and dispensation of justice. The court infrastructure component will generate environmental and social impacts that require mitigation measures to be adhered to. Infrastructure projects are required to be environmentally sound and sustainable. Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) reports are prepared for each court, where consultants develop the Environmental and Social Management Plan highlighting all the anticipated impacts and their proposed mitigation measures.
The reports provide detailed guidance on the implementation of mitigation measures and are in-line with World Bank safeguard policies and the relevant legal and policy framework of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). The ESIA and ESMP reports for the respective courts can be found below:
- Isiolo_ Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Kajiado_Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Kapenguria_Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Wajir_Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Mombasa_Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Maralal – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Kwale_Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Nyamira-Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Voi – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Kakamega- Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Olkalau_Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Chuka Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Engineer Environmental and Social Impact Assessement Report [ Download ]
- Kigumo Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Molo Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Nakuru Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Nyando Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Oyugis Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Siaya Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Tamu Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Vihiga Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Garissa – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Kibra -Environmental Impact Assessment Project Report [ Download ]
- Makindu -Environmental And Social Impact Assessment Report [ Download ]
- Nanyuki – Environmental and Social Impact Report [ Download ]
The World Bank is pleased with the on-going court constructions. The Country Director of the World Bank, Diariétou Gaye observed that good progress is being made towards bringing justice closer to the people. While touring the Kigumo Law Courts, the country director was informed that the court construction is at 98% towards completion. The court is among 30 other courts being constructed/rehabilitated and are at various stages of completion. The construction/rehabilitation of the courts is supported by the World Bank whose outcome is to improve access to court and provide timely services to the public by the Judiciary. The Country Director was accompanied by Johan Mistiaen, WB Program Leader and Lead Economist, Task Team Leader for Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP), Nicholas Menzies, Project Coordinator-JPIP, Nancy Kanyago amongst others. The Senior Resident Magistrate, Hon. Agnes Mwangi was at hand to receive the guests and guided them on a tour of the new facilities.
World Bank Country Director Diariétou Gaye, (left) Johan Mistiaen, WB Program Leader being welcomed to Kigumo Law Court by Hon. Agnes Mwangi. Photos by World Bank. May 2017.
World Bank Country Director Diariétou Gaye, expresses her delight regarding the progress made on the construction of Kigumo Law Court. Photos by World Bank. May 2017.
Diariétou Gaye, World Bank Country Director (Second left) Johan Mistiaen, WB Program and Hon. Agnes Mwangi – SRM outside the Kigumo Law Court. Photos by World Bank. May 2017.
Diariétou Gaye, World Bank Country Director (centre) and her delegation being shown the new court room at Kigumo Law Court. Photos by World Bank. May 2017.
Kigumo Law Court in 1963. Photos: Kigumo Law Courts files.
Kigumo Law Court in 2016. Photos by JPIP
Kigumo Law Court in 2017. Photos by JPIP
Court construction by JPIP at different stages
The court construction works of Judiciary Law Courts are progressing on well and are at different stages towards completion. The new courts being constructed under the World Bank supported programme of Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) are expected to improve the dispensation of justice and bring quality services closer to the people. They shall have state of the art facilities including ICT Technology, spacious court rooms and registries, separate cells for men/women/juvenile, protected witness rooms, libraries, adequate chambers and offices, ramps for the physically challenged and many other facilities. In some courts, the facilities are already being occupied as other sections of the constructions are being completed. See picture presentation of the progress. [ Download PDF ]
REHABILITATION OF COURTS PROGRESSING WELL
The rehabilitation works of Engineer, Chuka and Kigumo Law Courts are progressing well with some parts of the building been partially occupied to enable court proceedings to continue uninterrupted. It is anticipated that the contractors shall complete the rehabilitation works by January 2017.
Supported by the World Bank Group under the Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP), the three courts will have three levels measuring an average of about 2,300 square meters. There will be more court rooms and chambers, registries, conference facilities and lounges, separate self-contained cells for men, women and juveniles, offices for prosecutors and prison wardens, adequate space for parking for visitors and staff, ramps for the physically challenged, exhibition rooms and ICT facilities.
Other courts that are to be rehabilitated under JPIP are: Isiolo, Kaloleni, Kapenguria, Kapsabet, Kibera, Kwale, Makindu, Makueni, Maralal, Molo, Mukurwe’ini, Muhoroni, Nyamira, Nyando, Oyugis, Vihiga and Voi.
The on-going rehabilitation is being supervised by the Judiciary Directorate of Building Services (BDS) which is ensuring that the required building codes, regulations and standards are adhered to. Once complete, the courts will improve access to courts and legal information. They will contribute to the reduction of geographical distances to courts, improve links to court users and potential users and reduce knowledge barriers.
Chuka Law Court before
On-going Rehabilitation of Chuka Law Court
Judges Chamber before
Rehabilitated Judges Chambers
On-going Rehabilitation of Engineer Law Court
On-going Rehabilitation of Kigumo Law Court
WORLD BANK MISSION TEAM PLEASED WITH JPIP PROGRESS.
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga held discussions with Nicholas Menzies, World Bank Task Team Leader for JPIP project. The World Bank mission team which was in the country from February 1-12, 2016, was pleased with the progress being undertaken in the implementation of the project. At the meeting was the Project Coordinator Nancy Kanyago, World Bank Court Registry consultant, Nicole Ridley and the Chief of Staff Duncan Okello.
The World Bank mission team also held discussions with implementing units to get progress updates. Below the Registrar of the High Court Hon. Judy Omange gives an update on progress made on activities undertaken under JPIP.
SAFEGUARDS ADHERED IN COURT CONSTRUCTIONS
The Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) on-going court rehabilitation and construction works are in compliance with Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) safeguards. An Environmental and Social Safeguards Review Report undertaken by a World Bank Group consultant reveals that four Judiciary courts that are being rehabilitated meet the required guidelines set out by National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and National Construction Authority (NCA).
The environmental and social safeguards performance review was undertaken at Chuka, Engineer, Kigumo and Molo Law Courts. The rehabilitation and construction works comprise of increasing the number of court rooms and chambers, separate holding cells for both gender and juveniles, administration offices, and other attendant court facilities.
The report notes that contractors have an ESMP checklist that they follow in order to comply with requisite safeguards policies. Gender inclusivity has been considered though the uptake on the side of women is low. There seems to be satisfactory adherence to occupational, health and safety standards. It was noted further that workers have been sensitized on HIV/AIDS and STDs. In situations where workers have been sourced from outside the county, sensitization sessions have been undertaken to enable them work effectively in the community. The sites have safety officers who act as first line of First Aid in cases of emergency. The report further states that there is need for continuance compliance monitoring.
Safeguards measures are adhered to by workers.
Construction workers wearing safety equipment as required.
JPIP upbeat to complete construction of courts
During the year 2015, rehabilitation and construction works under the Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) continued smoothly at nine courts stations across the country.
The sites include Engineer, Chuka, Kigumo, Molo, Nyamira, Nyando, Oyugis, Tamu and Vihiga Law Courts. The court sites were handed over to contractors early in the year. The construction of the nine courts is expected to be complete in September 2016.
JPIP has already rehabilitated two court pilot projects, namely; Kangame and Kitui Law Courts. JPIP is a World Bank funded program that is meant to improve access to justice.
The various construction stage at some of the court stations in the country:
Masonry works being done at Chuka Law Court.
On-going rehabilitation works of Chuka Law Court
On-going rehabilitation works of Engineer Law Court
Construction Consultant supervising the construction of Kigumo Court
On-going rehabilitation works of Kigumo Law Court
The architect discussing the court design at Molo Court site meeting.
On-going rehabilitation works of Molo Law Court
On-going rehabilitation works of Nyamira Law Court
The construction architect is particular about details of the Nyamira Law Court
Men at work on Nyando Law Court
On-going rehabilitation works of Nyando Law Court
On-going rehabilitation works of Vihiga Law Court
Regular site meetings are held at court construction sites to ensure that the projects are on time, meet required standards and are professionally built.
JPIP builds capacity and impart knowledge and best practices in procurement
The Independent Fiduciary Agent (IFA) conducted a two day training on Procurement Procedures and Guidelines for JPIP on 5th – 6th November 2015. The training was to build capacity and impart knowledge and best practices and at the same time prepare the judicial officers in procurement for a smooth transition of procurement functions on JPIP. JPIP procurement processes was previously handled by IFA who are at the end of November 2015 will be expected to hand over the functions to Judiciary all the procurement and financial functions as envisaged in the consultant contract.
The training workshop was attended by Heads of Departments of the Judiciary, Supply Chain Management staff, Members of tender committee, Members of procurement committee, Members of evaluation, negotiations, inspection and acceptance committee, Members of disposal committees, Staff of user departments involved in procurement related functions; and Finance & Accounting staff.
Photo moment: Participants at the procurement training pose for a group photograph.
Guest Lecturer Mbungu Mbumba emphasizing a point
Participants following presentation by Procurement Specialist James Okello.
JPIP DELIBERATES ON IMPROVING EFFICIENCY
The Project Management Unit, Integrated Fiduciary Agent, Directorate of Building Services and seconded staff to JPIP from the Judiciary participated in a two day Strategic planning workshop to deliberate and develop strategies for improving efficiency of JPIP implementation.
It aimed at ensuring that the entire team understood the new focus of the project from component to outcomes towards front-line service provision.
The workshop also provided an opportunity for Project Management Unit (PMU), Integrated Fiduciary Agent (IFA) to share experiences, reflect on the environment in which the project operates and capitalize on its strengths in driving the project to success and also propose mitigation strategies to address the challenges.
The workshop used the opportunity to induct new staff of the Directorate of Building Services who are new and whose role in the project is significant.
Group photograph of participants at the Strategic Planning Workshop.
Head of IFA, John Thiong’o making his presentation.
Participants following workshop proceedings keenly
Participants following proceedings of the Strategic Planning Workshop
Directorate of Building Services Established
The Judiciary has established a Directorate of Building Service (DBS) which will be charged with the responsibility of designing, supervising and managing construction and renovation program for all Judiciary courts. It will also oversee repairs and maintenance of all Judiciary buildings. The newly established Directorate will be headed by a Chief Architect as its Director assisted by Construction Industry Professionals.
The Director of DBS, Architect John Okello states that “The Directorate of Building Services will be responsible for the management of Judiciary’s estates, designing of court buildings, preparing tender documents and contracts, supervising construction works, extensions, remodeling, repairs and overseeing building maintenance.”
He further stated that to overcome risks and challenges that arise from inefficiencies, the Judiciary requires to manage its own court infrastructure development. The Directorate will supervise other consultants providing Architectural Engineering, Quantity surveying, Civil/Structural Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Services, Landscaping, Interior Design and Environmental Impact Assessments Services in addition to providing the same services. These services shall be offered from inception through to procurement of contractor(s), supervision during implementation stage and commissioning of building facilities.
The Judiciary plans to construct 30 new High Court buildings, rehabilitate 90 magistrate courts and build over 200 new magistrate courts across the country in support of the devolution of service agenda. The Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) court infrastructure component is intended to assist in accelerating the overall construction and renovation program being funded by the Government of Kenya (GoK). The World Bank Group’s will support the construction of nine new High Court buildings, one Children’s court and the refurbishment of approximately 20 magistrates’ courts. The Judicial Service Act (2011) stipulates the need to establish High Court station in each of the 47 counties. Currently there are only 17 High Courts in 17 counties.
Court infrastructure focuses on providing ultra-modern infrastructure to enhance delivery of quality services that will contribute towards dispensation of justice and reduce lengthy distances and travel times for litigants. There is also an urgent need for court construction to keep pace with the new judicial appointments and reforms.
COURTS HANDED-OVER FOR REHABILITATION
The Judiciary through the Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) has handed over an additional two court sites to contractors to commence construction works. Nyando and Vihiga Law Courts were handed over to Philmark Systems Services Ltd and Lunao Enterprises Ltd respectively for rehabilitation works at a cost of Ksh.152million for both courts. The rehabilitation works are expected to be completed by September 2016.
In May and June this year Engineer, Tamu, Nyamira, Molo, Chuka, Kigumo and Oyugis Law Courts were handed over for rehabilitation works to the contractors. The completion of the rehabilitation of these seven courts is June –July 2016.
The rehabilitation of Judiciary courts is part of the transformation process supported under the Judicial Performance Project (JPIP) which is funded by the World Bank Group.
The contractors are expected to utilize local resources – from labour to high quality materials during the rehabilitation of the courts. The contractors who won the tenders through competitive bidding processes are to adhere to professional and legal standards in construction. NEMA and other legal requirements & regulations are to be adhered to.
The handing over of the sites was led by representatives of the Judiciary including the Chief Registrar’s office, Head of Stations, Registrar of the Magistrate Court representative, Project Coordinator of JPIP, Director of Building Service Unit, Court User Committee members, Consultants and respective contractors.
JPIP FOCUSES ON OUTCOMES
The Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) will shift the orientation of the project from inputs that fill gaps in judicial administration to core outcomes that are most important to court users. The project will now focus on four outcomes (1) Increase access to courts and Legal Information; (2) Improve timelines of Judiciary Services; (3) Enhance performances and quality of decision making; and (4) Project Management. This is still in line with the Project Development Objectives (PDO) of improving the performance of the Judiciary to provide its services in a more effective and accountable manner.
During the Mid-Term Review (MTR) on 6th – 17th July 2015, it was resolved that JPIP be restructured to focus on the needs of frontline service providers that interact with court users.
The MTR provided an opportunity for the Judiciary and the World Bank to assess the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the design and implementation of the project. Mid-Term Reviews are common practices for all World Bank Group projects. They aim at assessing the relevance, efficacy and effectiveness of the design of the project and to gauge whether the project is on course in meeting its objective.
The aims of the outcomes are as follows: Increasing access to courts and Legal Information will aim at reducing geographical distance to courts; improve links to court users and potential users and reduce knowledge barriers. Improving timeliness of Judiciary services will aim at reducing blockages in the registries; increase efficiencies with improved facilities; and increase the speed of case resolution. Enhancing performance and quality of decision making will focus on: increasing use of standards and data in management of the Judiciary; improve consistency and clarity of decision making; and strengthen integrity in decision making. The project management aims at ensuring the project is effectively and efficiently coordinated and managed. In particular it aims to ensure effective monitoring evaluation and reporting on the implementation of the activities, communication, procurement and financial management.
The Implementing Units of JPIP have aligned their activities in the work plans based on the outcome of the MTR and in particular the four areas of outcomes and also in line with the Judiciary Transformation Framework (JTF).
JPIP procures vehicles to support service delivery in Judiciary
Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) has procured 13 state-of-the-art 4wheel-drive vehicles for implementing units to improve delivery of service in the Judiciary.
The initial nine vehicles were delivered to the Judiciary and are undergoing inspection process before distribution to respective implementing units.
The vehicles are part of a consignment of the 24, the project procured to ease transport logistics by the implementing units.
The vehicles include saloon, heavy duty utility vehicles, a microbus and a 62 semi-luxury bus for the Judiciary Training Institute (JTI).
JPIP is supported by the World Bank Group.
World Bank team meets Judiciary project implementing units
Members listen to Hon. Esther Nyaiyaki during group discussions. The World Bank supervisory mission held an intensive half day workshop for all implementing units in the Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) to assess the relevance, efficacy and effectiveness of the design of the project and to gauge whether the project is on course in meeting its objective. The outcome of the workshop is intended to assist in the preparations of a mid-term review and restructuring of the project in May 2015. The restructuring will be based on the projects objectives, activities, indicators, allocation of funds and implementing procedures of JPIP. Mid-term reviews are conducted in all World Bank Projects.
The mission team led by the World Bank Task Team Leader Nicholas Menzies, Co-Task Team Leader George Larbi and other consultants were in the country from 2nd – 10th March 2015, holding meetings with implementing units to accelerate implementation of the project in particular focusing on issues with procurement and preparation for a mid-term review.
Edna Kuria of Kenya Law makes her contribution during the World Bank Supervisory Mission workshop
Implementing Units follow proceedings at the WB Supervisory Mission workshop
Dr. Solomon Letangule chairs group discussion.
Doreen Mwirigi makes a contribution during group work.
New leader for World Bank’s Judicial Performance Improvement Project
Mr Nicholas Menzies, a Senior Counsel in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank, is the new Task Team Leader of the Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP). Menzies takes over the management of JPIP from Ms Nightingale Rukuba-Ngaiza, who has taken over other duties with the World Bank. Menzies is no stranger to JPIP, having been involved in the project since 2012, including undertaking several mission visits to JPIP. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked on Indigenous Land and Natural Resource Governance in Australia; on Legal Empowerment and Access to Justice in Cambodia, and on Policy Reform in Papua New Guinea. George Larbi will continue to be the Co-Task Team Leader of JPIP, based in Nairobi.
JPIP is a World Bank-funded project, initiated in 2012 to improve the performance of the Judiciary, enabling it to provide services in a more effective, efficient and accountable manner.JPIP consists of four components that are anchored within Judiciary’s transformation strategy. The components are: Court Administration and Case Management; Judicial Training and Staff Development; Court Infrastructure, and Project Management. JPIP is a Management Development Project and is currently the second largest stand-alone Judiciary project in the world financed by the World Bank.
WORLD BANK MISSION TEAM PLEASED WITH PROGRESS OF KITUI LAW COURT
The World Bank supervisory mission was impressed with the progress made towards modernization of the Kitui Law Courts. The mission team led by Nicholas Menzies, World Bank Task Team Leader and the Co- Task Team Leader George Larbi were informed that the rehabilitation works to modernize the court was completed on schedule with the technical handing over done in November 2014. Following a tour of the premises the team observed that with the improved facilities court users will be provided with better quality services and access to justice by the courts. The Principal Senior Magistrate of Kitui Law Courts, Mrs. Beatrice Kimemia was grateful for the support accorded by the World Bank towards improving and modernization the court.
The World Bank supervisory mission is in the country to assess and review progress being undertaken by the Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP). The World Bank supports the Judiciary through JPIP with a loan of US$120 million for a six year period to improve court administration, case management, Judiciary training and staff development, court infrastructure and project management. JPIP is in its second year and has made significant progress towards improving the performance of the Judiciary in providing services in a more effective, efficient and accountable manner.
Hon. Kimemia, Senior Principal Magistrate, guiding Mr. Menzies from World Bank through the new courts
World Bank Team assesses newly constructed cells in Kitui Law Courts
Rehabilitated Kitui Law Courts
The New Hall which consists of a bank and a registry in Kitui Law Court
Judicial Performance Improvement Project – News and Highlights
Chief Justice Hon. Willy Mutunga unveils the plaque inaugurating the Garissa High Court. Looking on is the Garissa Resident Judge, George Dulu (r), Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Mrs. Anne Amadi, among other dignitaries.
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga inaugurates Garissa High Court
The Judiciary shall never allow for funds meant for construction of courts to be mis-appropriated. This was said by the Chief Justice Hon. Willy Mutunga during the inauguration and handing over of the Garissa High Court.
“We have benchmarked our court construction and rehabilitation against the best in other countries and sensitive to the requirements of the Constitution.” said the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, Mrs. Anne Amadi. Besides the construction of the new High Courts, JPIP will rehabilitate 30 courts and conduct minor refurbishment works of 28 courts which is in line with the Governments initiative of accelerating the overall construction and renovation programme of the Judiciary
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AWARDING OF JPIP CONTRACTS
Article 35 of the Constitution requires that every citizen has a right to access to information from the State and that any information affecting the nation shall be published and publicized. The World Bank Group guidelines on Procurement of Goods, Works and non-consulting services under Section 11(c) para 2.60, Appendix 1 paragraph 7, requires that awarding of contracts information be published. In accordance with the above-mention two clauses, the Judiciary through the Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) which is supported by the World Bank hereby publishes contracts awarded under the project. .JPIP Contract Credit No. 5181 – Ke Project ID P105269 [ JPIP Contracts ]
The Judiciary in partnership with the World Bank is championing the restoration of public confidence, transparency and accountability within the Judiciary. Through the Judicial Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) the Judiciary aims at providing services in a more effective, efficient and accountable manner leading to making the Judiciary the best administrator of quality services and justice in Africa. The World Bank is funding JPIP (Project ID – P105269) at US$120 million for a period of six years as part of the World Bank’s FY 10-13 Kenya Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) governance pillar and the regional strategy “Africa’s future and the World Bank’s Support ” (2011). JPIP is the second largest standalone Judiciary project in the world financed by the World Bank. The Project Appraisal Document (PAD) details the Project Development Objectives. [ Kenya – JPIP PAD ]
SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT (SLA)
The Integrated Fiduciary Agent (IFA) unveiled the Service Level Agreement (SLA) which sets out service standards aimed at streamlining the procurement processes. The SLA is to guide all IUs, Project Management Unit (PMU) and IFA through the procurement processes and financial management cycles. It sets out timelines of how long the procurement process would take in the procurement chain. If adhered by all then it’s expected that there will be fast and efficient procurement process and payment transaction. Click here for the service charter [ Download Service Charter ]
The Judiciary Performance Improvement Project (JPIP) Quarterly Reports are produced every quarter to provide a status report on the implementation progress and expenditure analysis of the project. The Quarterly Report covers the status of project implementation as per the JPIP Work plan by highlighting the main features of the project. It gives a brief description of the project components showing basic data and information on key deliverable. The report provides an assessment of the activities implemented against those planned in the work plan that are to be implemented in the quarter. The quarterly reports also highlight challenges encountered, areas of concern that require immediate action, and possible solutions for addressing the challenges. The reports are also done to inform and guide project management in decision making.
JPIP 1st QUARTER REPORT
The JPIP 1st quarter report workshop was held on 26-27th November, 2013 at the Judiciary Training Institute, Nairobi. The workshop was organized to share a draft report on the status of implementation of JPIP for the 1st quarter of 2012/2013 Financial Year, discuss operational issues and understand roles of various implementing units. Click here to read the report [ JPIP Report 5-12-13 ]
Edition One [ Download E-Newsletter ]
Edition Two [ Download E-Newsletter]
Edition Three [ Download E-Newsletter ]
Edition Four [ Download E-Newsletter ]
Edition Five [ Download E-Newsletter]
Edition Six [ Download E-Newsletter ]
Edition Seven [ Download E-Newsletter]
Edition Eight [ Download E – Newsletter]
Edition 09 and 10 [ Download E-Newsletter]
Edition 11 and 12 [ Download E-Newsletter]
Taking Judicial Services Closer To The People
Nineteen (19) High Court buildings and eleven (11) Magistrates’ court buildings are being constructed via the Judicial Performance Improvement Project to deliver judicial services closer to the public.
The ultramodern facilities are being constructed in various part of the country to reduce the distance litigants have to travel to courts and hence increase accessibility to justice.
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