In a bid to enhance a cordial bar-bench relationship aimed towards achieving greater efficiency in the dispensation of justice, the Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC) held the second edition of the Inns of Court that brought together judicial officers and advocates practicing in the court.
Themed: Towards improving effective dispensation of justice in Kenya, advocates, and judges of the ELRC, led by Principal Judge, Lady Justice Maureen Onyango, had an open discussion on areas that affect court processes.
Lady Justice Maureen Onyango noted that the event was an opportunity for young advocates to learn from experienced legal practitioners and share on the bar-bench experiences in court. She added that the bar-bench relationship has improved tremendously.
Other ELRC judges present included, Lady Justice Wasilwa, Justice Nzioki wa Makau, Mediation Registrar Moses Wanjala Senior Counsel Judith Guserwa and Nairobi LSK chapter chairman Charles Kanjama who made presentations on the dynamics of judicial review process, reinstatement matters and court annexed mediation.
The Inns of Court also deliberated on case backlog, shortage of judicial officers and case time factors.
“All these issues are being addressed through recruitment of an additional 10 judicial officers,” said Justice Maureen Onyango.
Inns of court has its history in London, locally it has been used at the ELRC as an informal forum between the court and practicing advocates to engage openly (outside the court setup)in a thematic area of the law. It’s more or less a round table session to debate on pre-arranged theme talks mainly over tea, lunch or dinner.
ELRC Principal Judge Maureen Odera (L) and LSK Nairobi Chapter Chair Charles Kanjama, during the ELRC Inns of Court.
LSK Nairobi Chapter Chair Charles Kanjama and LSK Vice President, Harriet Chiggai,during the Inns of Court for the ELRC.