Judiciary in ambitious drive to clear 5,000 cases older than five years


High Court in Nairobi
High Court in Nairobi

In Summary

  • The stations include Meru, Machakos, Kakamega, Mombasa, Eldoret, Nyeri, Embu, Bungoma and Milimani (Judicial Review and Civil Divisions) High Courts.
  • Cases that were listed before judges for hearings, dismissals and/or appropriate directions are part of the plan.
  • Chief Justice David Maraga marked his 100 first days in office last year with an assurance that his tenure would see courts assessed based on service delivery to Kenyans.

Kenya’s Judiciary expects to clear a backlog of 5,000 cases that are older than five years within one month.

A statement from the Communications Department on Tuesday said the ambitious plan will cover cases across the country and will take place between September 3-28.

“The service week exercise targets 5,187 matters, which include civil, criminal, commercial and judicial review cases in nine High Court stations,” the statement reads.

The stations include Meru, Machakos, Kakamega, Mombasa, Eldoret, Nyeri, Embu, Bungoma and Milimani (Judicial Review and Civil Divisions) High Courts.

Cases that were listed before judges for hearings, dismissals and/or appropriate directions are part of the plan.

Chief Justice David Maraga marked his 100 first days in office last year with an assurance that his tenure would see courts assessed based on service delivery to Kenyans.

Among the strategies he proposed was backlog reduction before the end of 2018 for cases older than five years. This he said would be done during the Judiciary Service weeks.

His blueprint on case backlogs, corruption and reduction of complaints against the courts is titled Sustaining Judiciary Transformation; a Service Delivery Agenda.

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