Court cases older than 5 years to be expedited: Maraga


Chief Justice David Maraga at the Supreme Court of Kenya Photo Courtesy
Chief Justice David Maraga at the Supreme Court of Kenya Photo Courtesy

In Summary

  • Chief Justice David Maraga has said that cases that have stayed in court for over five years will be hastened.
  • The judiciary intends to empower magistrates to hear cases that do not necessarily have to be heard at the High Court.
  • CJ Maraga however decries the lack of enough funding which could derail the process.

Chief Justice David Maraga has said that cases that have stayed in court for over five years will be hastened in a bid to reduce the load of unheard court cases.

Speaking to Citizen TV in Nyeri, the CJ said that a majority of the cases in courts are minor cases that do not necessarily need to be heard at the High Court.

To tackle this problem, the judiciary intends to empower magistrates.

The president of the judiciary however lamented lack of enough funding.

This could derail the plan to have more judges and magistrates hired so as to speed up the dispensation of justice.

According to Maraga most of the cases in courts are related to lands and the disputes have stayed for too long in courts.

He added that it is unfortunate that some parents die before their land disputes are resolved and often generations later are left in chaos.

The Chief Justice was on a tour of Nyeri to inspect ongoing construction works at the Nyeri Law Courts and a new block at Mukurwe ini.

Maraga had earlier met Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga who promised to give a land in Kieni area for the construction of a law court.

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