Judiciary begins clearing backlog

By Lynace Mwashighadi

The Judiciary Monday began clearing the backlog of cases starting with the high court’s civil division.

The 11 newly appointed judges who were sworn in on the 1st of this month are expected to handle, 1500 pending civil and civil appeal cases with oldest appeals dating back 14 years ago being given priority.

In a press statement, Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga says that the initiative comes in the wake of a cases audit report that was conducted between 2012 and 2014 that revealed that there were 82,136 cases pending in the Milimani High Court Divisions.

The cases alone account for nearly 50 per cent of the 177,898 pending cases countrywide.

Launching the drive the CJ asserted that the judiciary is committed to expediting delivery of justice in the courts as it formulates long term measures.

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.