PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATION
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Anxiety as Uhuru remains mum on fate of new judges
The Judiciary has once again found itself in a difficult situation over the fate of judges shortlisted for promotion after the executive allegedly went mute on their gazettement. Chief Justice David Maraga confirmed that President Uhuru Kenyatta is yet to communicate to him after he submitted the names of judges recently recommended for appointment by JSC to serve in the Court of Appeal, Environment and Land Court and Employment and Labour Relations Court.
Courts to go digital in September, says CJ
The long-awaited digitisation of court records will be rolled out next month. Chief Justice David Maraga said the move will herald the end of the archaic handwriting of notes by judges, magistrates and other judicial officers. It will be replaced by digital court recording and transcription systems. He said this was part of the ongoing reforms to create efficiency and transparency in the Judiciary to bolster Kenyans' confidence in the system.
Judge queries minimum sentence rule
Lower courts in the country will likely shy away from handing out prescribed minimum sentences to convicts if a recent court decision is anything to go by. In a judgement given out by High Court Judge Robert Limo, handing out mandatory minimum sentences imposed by the Sexual Offences Act renders mitigation unnecessary, which is against the right to fair trial. Judge Limo said prescription of minimum sentences renders mitigation superfluous because at the end of the day, it would matter less if a convicted person spends a whole hour or just 30 seconds praying for lenience.
Locals protest against delays to solve land case
Residents of Mathari in Nyeri County embroiled in a prolonged court battle with the Catholic Church over the ownership of 2, 577 acres have protested against the delay in resolving the dispute. They lamented that the case had taken over 10 years. The court proceedings in regard to the dispute have since been halted for lack of a judge.
Other Court Articles
PD. P2(3), 4, 12, 13(3)
Std. P3(2), 6, 12(2), 23(2), 28, 30(4)
High Court stops the hiring of CA board
The High Court has suspended a gazette notice on the appointment of four independent directors to the Communication Authority board. In issuing a temporary injunction, Justice Maureen Onyango faulted Information and Communication Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru for failing to follow the law.
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