High court fast tracks pending civil cases

The Chief Justice, Dr Willy Mutunga, has launched a special initiative to be led by the newly appointed judges to clear case backlog in the High Court’s Civil Division.

The judges will handle 1,500 pending civil and civil appeal cases, starting on Monday, July 21, 2014, with the very oldest matters in the system.

The initiative, dubbed the “Civil Cases Service Week” targets the High Court Civil Division at Milimani in Nairobi, which has the highest number of pending cases totaling 35,213. Of these 8,467 are Civil Appeals. Some of the appeals have been pending for over 14 years in the High Court.

Launching the drive, Dr Mutunga said that a cases audit conducted between 2012 and 2014 revealed there were 82,136 cases pending in the Milimani High Court Divisions, accounting for nearly 50 per cent of the 177,898 pending cases countrywide.

“The Judges will serve at the Division for a period of two weeks before being posted to courts across the country with the greatest need,” said the CJ, adding that the Judiciary is committed to expediting delivery of justice in the courts.