Chief Justice Martha Koome made her debut tour of the Kisumu Law Courts where she inspected the Registries and held meetings with the Leadership Management Team led by Justice Fred Ochieng, the Presiding Judge and the staff.
She received a report on the status of court operations, case backlog among other issues. The staff also presented her with a report on staff welfare.
The Chief Justice also visited the Kisumu Children’s Remand Home where she toured the facilities. A remand home is a facility that takes care of children who are in conflict with the law.
The Chief Justice was received by the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Nelson Marwa.
Chief Justice Koome reiterated that she intends to continue with the great work of previous Chief Justices focusing on access to and delivery of justice.
Chief Justice Koome stated her commitment to working with all actors across the justice sector to ensure expeditious delivery of justice for all Kenyans.
“It is an honour for me to start my work by visiting a children’s home” CJ Koome stated.
“I am very proud and protective of children, and as your Chief Justice, I will work to ensure that children should not be in the justice system but in homes and in the care of the community.”
The Remand Home serves 11 courts in Kisumu, Siaya and Vihiga counties by providing custody for children in conflict with the law.
The Children’s Remand Home also acts as a temporary holding unit for children pending placement and those destined for rehabilitation. Chief Justice Koome was in Kisumu to commemorate Madaraka Day.