Nyeri law courts launched an initiative that will see suspected offenders educated on court processes.
The move is meant to ease the court process for suspects who are arrested and locked in cells especially over the weekend and are arraigned in court on Monday.
The initiative dubbed ‘Friends of People in Conflict with the Law’ intends to help men, women and children in conflict with the law go through the court process. In turn, this will improve the relationship between the suspects and the court.
The idea was mooted by members of staff at Nyeri Law courts after seeing the state of remandees when they are first arraigned in court to take plea.
Staff and members of Court User Committees intend to donate items such as cloths to the suspects and at the same time educate them on the court processes. The intention is to improve their image and enhance relations between them and the court.
Nyeri Law Courts Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo asked the suspects to obey the law so as to avoid getting themselves on the wrong side of the law.
“From today onwards, we will be giving you donations such as clothes, tissue papers, soaps, tooth pastes and tooth brushes, sanitary towels and other necessities in order to ensure that your hygiene is properly taken care of even as you wait to take plea.
She added: “I hope this will not encourage you to break the law but instead make you avoid getting into conditions you find yourselves in.”
Nyeri High Court Presiding Judge Jairus Ngaah commended staff for coming up with initiative.
“I congratulate all of you for not only working hard in your ordinary work but also trying to meet the society’s needs,” the Judge said.
Article by Emmanuel Kimutai, Staff writer, Nyeri Law Courts
Chief Magistrate Hon Wendy Kagendo is joined by Nyeri Law Courts Staff and police remandees during the launch of the ‘Friends of People in Conflict’ initiative at the court in Nyeri.
Nyeri Court of Appeal Deputy Registrar Hon. Harrison Adika and Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo oversee donations for the police remandees at Nyeri Law Courts.