Rent tribunal suspends physical proceedings till further notice

Rent tribunal suspends physical proceedings till further notice
Kenya has gone for the second lockdown, albeit in five counties to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo: Reuters

The Rent Restriction Tribunal has suspended open physical proceedings till further notice.

The tribunal ordered that all petitions, affidavits, submissions, and filings be made by e-filing in a notice to advocates, litigants, and the public.

The e-filing system was launched by retired Chief Justice David Maraga last year.

According to the statement, all matters scheduled for hearing and mention will be heard and discussed once the court reopens and virtual sittings begin.

“All urgent applications shall be heard at the Nairobi Tribunal in the absence of the parties or their advocates, orders or directions will be collected on Tuesdays and Fridays. Where possible the same will be transmitted via email,” reads the notice

The new directives, according to the tribunal are in line with the Acting Chief Justice Philemona Mwilu statement on the Judiciary’s effort to combat COVID-19 in the counties of Nairobi, Nakuru, Kiambu, Kajiado and Machakos.

In late March, Justice Mwilu shut down courts, tribunals, and all registries in the five counties declared Covid-19 infested by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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