It is a great relief to Kenyans who have been having their cases pending for long at the High Court's division of the Environment and Land relations court.
According to her, the number of judges who will now be serving in that division of the High Court has now increased from 26 to 34 which is great news that will ease in the clearing of the backlog.
"Eight judges will from August 1, 2021 sit full-time in newly established Environment and Land Courts across the country, bringing the total number of ELCs to 34 at the county level." https://t.co/B1o7IYR0h1
Among the counties which will benefit with the new development include Environment and Land relations court stations in Nyamira county, Kilgoris, Vihiga county, Kwale and also Isiolo, Homabay and Nanyuki stayionwhich is in Laikipia county.
She has since noted that she expects those judges to ensure that they enhance service delivery to the Kenyans by improving the rate at which Kenyans access justice in the country.
The Chief Justice has also noted that a lot of the cases that are normally in the Kenyan courts are normally handled at the Environment and Land relations courts because of the many disputes surrounding the contentious land issue in the country.
She has given a percentage of sixty of all cases in the country as the number of cases that are normally handled at the Kenyan ELR courts and hence the need to have sufficient human resources.
The Chief Justice had also disclosed that the number of cases being pending at the Environment and Land relations courts are very high and they are currently standing at 13,500 cases.
Among the cases, more than three quarters of them are currently within Nairobi with the cases in Nairobi currently being at around 9,500 cases and hence the need for expeditious hearing and delivery of judgement.
This comes a month after the Head of State president Uhuru Kenyatta oversaw the approval and swearing of a number of judges who had been recommended by the Judicial Service Commission.
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