Chief Justice Martha Koome has said 50 magistrates will be hired next month in a bid to speed up the wheels of justice adding that Judicial Service Commission will also make efforts to employ more judges, especially after six judges were recently elevated to the Court of Appeal. This according to CJ Koome will speed up hearing and determination of corruption cases pending in courts that have tainting Judiciary's image in fighting corruption.
The CJ at the same time called on Kenyans to embrace alternative dispute resolution methods to address issues. In June, President Uhuru Kenyatta swore in 34 judges and rejected six others from the list recommended by JSC over integrity issues. Four of those rejected are High Court judges while two of them were magistrates, who had been elevated to the High Court.
The Chief Justice has been rooting for the adoption of a no-adjournment policy in the courts as part of her strategy to clear the perennial backlog of cases. She has previously stated that she wants all cases resolved within three years of filing, and within a year in the appellate stage. She also urged citizens to embrass use other conflict resolution mechanism.
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