Chief Justice Martha Koome admitted over 500 lawyers to the Roll of Advocates at the Supreme Court.
The CJ asked the Lawyers to be part of the solution to case backlog and delayed delivery of justice by abandoning unnecessary adjournments that delay the hearing of matters.
She called on them to embrace the constitutionally envisaged shift to focusing on the merit of cases rather than unnecessary interlocutory and technical applications that has contributed to the delay in resolution of cases.
Lawyers should adopt the multi-door approach to delivery of justice that recognises the utility of Small Claims courts, alternative systems of justice, and alternative dispute resolution in redressing societal grievances.
“I assure Kenyans that we will not condone corruption and abuse of office by any individual working within the institution of the Judiciary irrespective of the person’s rank or office” – CJ Koome
She added “We will deal firmly and swiftly but also fairly with any allegations or cases that implicate anyone within the Judiciary in corrupt activities.”
“Our quest for ‘Judicial Hygiene’ which is geared towards enhancing public confidence and trust in the Judiciary will be pursued within the context of a policy of zero tolerance to corruption in the Judiciary.”