The Judiciary has set up a Court Annexed Mediation(CAM) Registry in the Eldoret Law Court to handle mediation cases.
Speaking when he officially launched the CAM registry, the Chair of the Mediation Taskforce, Justice Fred Ochieng said that Mediation was one of the mechanisms the Judiciary had adapted to clear case backlog.
He noted that Eldoret was one of the stations with high case backlog and that the introduction of mediation will help speed up clearance of civil cases.
The Uasin Gishu County Governor, Jackson Mandago welcomed the mediation program saying his government will directly benefit from mediation. “My County is a direct beneficiary of mediation as it will help fast track the conclusion of the many cases in this region”
The event was attended by representatives from the Attorney General office , Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Law Society of Kenya, County Commissioner, Chiefs and village elders among others
The mediation project which has been operation in Nairobi since 2016 is now being rolled out to ten Counties where modalities have already been set up to establish CAM in the regional courts.
Some of the benefits of mediation include, speedy resolution of disputes, reduced cost of resolving disputes, creates an atmosphere of accommodation and tolerance and restore relationships
The Judiciary has accredited over 450 mediators whom the disputing parties can chose from. The accreditation of mediators is still open for potential applicants and the forms and rules of accreditation can be found in the Judiciary website.
The other Counties where CAM has already been established are Nyeri, Kakamega,Kisii, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru, Garissa and Nakuru. Next in line is Machakos and Embu Law Courts.