CJ Koome engages with partners on priority programmes for ‎Judiciary

CJ Koome engages with partners on priority programmes for ‎Judiciary
Chief Justice Martha Koome held a consultative meeting with ‎Development Partners Group and Heads of Missions to engage on priority ‎programmes for the Judiciary.‎
The meeting discussed, among other items, financial mechanisms to ‎support the independence and integrity of the Judiciary, the digitisation ‎agenda of the Judiciary, infrastructural expansion and avenues to ‎facilitate access to justice.‎
The Chief Justice said the Judiciary seeks to ensure accessibility to courts ‎by having a Magistrates’ Court station in every sub-county and a High ‎Court and Court of Equal Status in every county. This is geared towards ‎ensuring that no one travels for over 100kms to access judicial services.‎
‎“We are also rolling out Small Claims Courts to address social grievances ‎especially for the economically vulnerable members of the society and to ‎improve Kenya’s ease of doing business at the community level,” the CJ ‎said.‎
She added: “We are promoting the use of multi-door approach to ‎resolution of justice by strengthening the operations of Alternative Justice ‎Systems (AJS) and Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR) mechanisms like ‎mediation.”‎
CJ Koome said the Judiciary will provide Mediation and AJS Suites in court ‎stations where there is the requisite physical infrastructure to ‎accommodate the suites starting with the Kajiado Law Courts this month. ‎
She explained that Judiciary intends to pursue Green Justice that ‎encompasses a crucial component of environmental sustainability. ‎
‎“Our intention is to utilise solar energy to connect courts that are off the ‎grid, install bio-technologies for waste management in courts around the ‎country,” CJ explained.‎
She revealed that the Judiciary will enhance the use of Information and ‎Communications Technology (ICT) in our operations by optimising the ‎operations of virtual courts, e-filling, and case management, and use the ‎same in our administrative processes.‎
The CJ added that the institution intends to enhance e-filing and Case ‎Tracking System (CTS) which will involve scanning 700,000 pending court ‎files. Currently, 32 courts are using the transcription and recording system. ‎This means there is a gap of 600 courts in need of support in transcription ‎and recording.‎
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