CJ cautions new magistrates on graft: Chief Justice David Maraga has cautioned newly recruited magistrates against engaging in corrupt practices.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony of 42 magistrates recruited by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Justice Maraga said there is perceived and real corruption in the Judiciary.
He said the Judiciary has however put mechanisms in place to ensure that whatever that happens in all courts across the country, is monitored to ensure that cases of corruption are dealt with firmly.
“Allegations of corruption in the Judiciary are there, some are real while others are perceptions, we have ways of knowing which are real and those that are perceptions,” the CJ said.
The Chief Justice challenged the judicial officers to familiarize with his blueprint — Sustaining Judiciary Transformation framework: A Service Delivery Agenda — in order to implement it fully and fast-track cases in court.
“My blueprint targets to clear case backlog in the courts in the next five years, find a way of clearing all those cases,” Justice Maraga said.
The CJ urged the magistrates to work with dignity but at the same time be firm and avoid political influences and biases. He asked them to be courageous in the dispensation of justice and pledged his support to ensure they delivered on their mandate.
Two JSC members, Court of Appeal Judge Mohammed Warsame and Commissioner Mercy Deche told magistrates that the Commission expects them to work with dignity adding it will provide the support they require to discharge their duties.
They warned that the Commission will not hesitate to take action against those who involve themselves in misconduct. They urged magistrates to stay true to their oath adding that their professional conduct will define their growth as judicial officers.
Judiciary Training Institute Director Justice Prof James Otieno Odek said the institute will provide continuous training opportunities for the new officers to sharpen their judicial skills.
Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi asked them to adhere to the code of conduct in order to serve the public as is expected of them.
“Service delivery in the Judiciary is affected due to the diminishing number of magistrates who leave due to misconduct most of which is bribery related, so ensure that you avoid any form of misconduct,” the CRJ said.
Chief Justice David Maraga, JSC Commissioner Justice Mohamed Warsame and JTI Director Justice Prof James Otieno Odek, during the swearing in ceremony of 43 new magistrates.
Sharon Phoebe Ouko takes Oath of Office as Resident Magistrate at a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice David Maraga at Judiciary Training Institute. The Registrar, Magistrates Court, Mr Peter Mulwa (Left), administers the Oath.
Ken Muraguri Muchiri takes Oath of Office as Resident magistrate at a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice David Maraga at Judiciary Training Institute.