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The Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) was established in 2008 to provide judicial education for judges and magistrates. Since then, it has grown into a formidable institution in the Judiciary.
Under the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, the Judicial Service Commission is responsible for preparing and implementing programmes for continuing education and training for judges and other judicial officers.
JTI exercises this delegated mandate, and is therefore responsible for meeting the training, research and capacity development needs of Judiciary staff. JTI performs this mandate in part through various training programs and seminars, public lectures, research, and other forms of discourses targeting all cadres of Judiciary staff, and where, appropriate, members of the academy and the public at large.
All Judges and Magistrates serving in all courts across the country undergo regular training by the Judiciary Training Institute. Courses are offered in substantive law, evidence and procedure and, where appropriate, subject expertise; the acquisition and improvement of judicial skills including, where appropriate, leadership and management skills and the social context within which judging occurs.
JTI also offers training to different cadres of staff to equip them with skills necessary for the performance of their duties. Recent trainings have been done to customer care staff from all over the country, while a course entitled “Basic Law for Court Assistants and Administrative Assistants (Law 101)” is ongoing.
JTI spearheads discussions towards the formulation of various policies for internal use within the Judiciary, and for the administration of justice.Stakeholder Engagement
Under the JTF, the Judiciary is committed to stakeholder engagement as a means of enhancing effective administration of justice.The Judiciary Training Institute is the focal point for multi-stakeholder discussion on common concerns in the justice system, such as temporary injunctions, public interest litigation, poaching & environmental crimes management, legal responses to terrorism, human rights, etc.
At the regional level, JTI is a member of the East Africa Community Judicial Education Committee whose mandate is to foster close cooperation and collaboration in training between the Judiciaries of the member states of the East Africa Community. JTI currently holds the rotational chair of the Committee.
JTI also takes part in activities organized by The Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, a global NGO which was founded to provide support and linkage among existing Commonwealth judicial education bodies and to encourage the sharing of information, human and fiscal resources inter-nationally and inter-regionally.