Press Statement. Naivasha, Feb 7, 2019. The National Council for the Administration of Justice met at Naivasha at its 20th sitting attended by all principle members of the Council comprising heads of justice institutions and key representatives of other state and non-State agencies who are members of the council.
Recognising the mandate of the NCAJ and seized of the challenges affecting the delivery of justice:
Recognizing the critical need for inter-agency collaboration and coordination in addressing the challenges:
We have today agreed on the following:
- In order to achieve the desired results in the administration of Justice, particularly in the fight against corruption, we hereby undertake to carry out our respective duties through a collaborative approach that promotes synergies and accelerates efficiency in the delivery of services to Kenyans.
- Members have agreed to have a positive engagement and encourage a culture of interagency consultation in all cross-cutting matters.
- All substantive members will attend, without fail, NCAJ meetings, which will be held every quarter, with limited delegation to ensure inter-agency coordination is enhanced and sustained.
- There will be enhanced capacity building among institutions through training on cross-cutting issues affecting the administration of justice.
- New approaches to the administration of justice shall be adopted, such as the integration of plea bargaining in criminal justice in order to expedite the conclusion of cases.
- We shall endeavour to leverage on the use of technology in the whole justice sector, from investigations, prosecution and judicial processes. This will include, where necessary, prompting legislative changes to allow evidence from non-traditional sources such as CCTV.
- In order to improve governance and enrich citizen faith in the criminal justice system, members agreed to improve transparency and accountability in their individual systems and procedures.
- In order to eliminate bottlenecks in the fight against corruption, the Council resolved to set up a committee to identify key challenges and make proposals that will engender greater efficiencies.
- The Council also deliberated on challenges in the commercial justice sector and resolved to form a multi-sectoral committee that will make proposals that improve the performance of the sector.
MEMBERS OF NCAJ PRESENT DURING THE 20TH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN NAIVASHA ON FEB 7, 2019
|1. Chair – NCAJ||Hon. David Maraga|
|2. NCAJ Secretary||Mrs. Anne Amadi|
|3. Office of the Director Public Prosecutions||Mr. Noordin Haji|
|4. State Law Office & Department of Justice||AG. Hon. Justice (Rtd) P. Kihara Kariuki|
|5. National Police Service||Mr. Joseph Boinnet nc AUS|
|6. Commission on Administrative Justice||Hon. Florence Kajuju|
|7. Kenya National Commission on Human Rights||Comm. Jedidah Waruhiu|
|8. Kenya Prisons Service||Ms. Florence Ondimu|
|9. National Crime Research Centre||Mr. Gerald Wandera|
|10. Department of Children’s Services||Mr. Noah Sanganyi|
|11. FIDA Kenya||Ms. Roseline Odede|
|12. National Council for Law Reporting||Mr. Longet Terer|
|13. Probation & After Care Department||Mrs Mary Mbau|
|14. Kenya Private Sector Alliance||Ms. Carole Kariuki|
|15. Legal Resources Foundation||Mr. Eric Mukoya|
|16. Kenya Law Reform Commission||Mr. Mbage Nganga|
|17. Witness Protection Agency||Ms. Alice Ondieki|
|18. IEBC||Prof. Abdi Yakub Guliye|
|19. Kenya Judges and Magistrates Association||Hon. Lady Justice Jacqueline Kamau|
|20. Law Society of Kenya||Mr. Allen Gichuhi|
|21. Community Service Orders Programme||Hon. Justice Luka Kimaru|
|22. Independent Police Oversight Authority||Ms. Anne Makori|
|23. Council for Legal Education||Dr. J. K. Gikeri|
|24. Equality Now||Ms. Faiza Mohammed|
|25. Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission||Mr. Twalib Mbarak|
|26. Kenya Association of Manufacturers||Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga|
|27. Council of Governors||Ms. Rosemary Njaramba|
|28. National Transport And Safety Authority||Mr. Francis Meja|
|29. Directorate of Criminal Investigation||Mr. George Kinoti|
|30. The Cradle||Mr. Michael Wesonga|
|31. Kenya Human Rights Commission||Mr. Davis Malombe|
|32. Ministry of Defence||Brig. Kenneth Dindi|
|33. Ministry of Labour and Social Protection||Dr. Ibrahim M. Mohamed|