Today, acting chief justice, Philomena Mwilu issued a directive for the closure of one of the law courts in Kenya. In her letter Mwilu said wrote that I have today directed the temporary closure of the Kericho Law Courts building following recommendations from the State Department for Public Works and discussions held in Kericho this morning between the chief registrar Anne Amadi, the station leadership and the Law Society of Kenya branch, the court users committe and other relevant stakeholders.
At the invitation of the Kericho Law Court Leadership the State Department carried out a structural investigations of the court building on 16th and 17th of February 2021. She added that the investigation report highlighted structural flaws arising from modifications undertaken on the building in 2014. The investigation report was then forwarded to the judiciary on 3th of March, 2021 with directions that the building vacated as a matter of urgency to avert a potential disaster.
The judiciary prioritizes the safety and security of its staff and other court users she added. The decision was arrived at after consulting with the presiding judge, the CUC and other stakeholders at the Kericho Law Courts to close the building for a period of 2 weeks.
Being the only court in Kericho county the Judiciary is very keen to make sure their is minimal disruptions in service delivery, she claimed. However, during the closure, cases will through vital platforms and documents can be filed online just like before. Mwilu also said that she is grateful to the Kericho county for a availing space at the revenue offices where the Judiciary will use for criminal pleas and other urgent matters. She added that she will move in quickly to ensure there is improvements on infrastructure so that delays to hear cases are avoided.
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