Judiciary of South Sudan team on Kenya visit

A team of judicial officers from the Government of South Sudan is visiting Kenya to benchmark on how to manage cases and improve the administration of justice in their country.

The team has already held sessions with Deputy Chief Justice, Kalpana Rawal, Supreme Court Judge, Justice Jackton Ojwang, High Court Principal Judge Richard Mwongo and Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Atieno Amadi.

The team, which has also met with the Judiciary’s ICT Directorate, the Rules Committee and the High Court Registrar, will be in the country until Friday.

The tour is focused on understanding the role of the Chief Registrar’s Office and accountability mechanisms of the Judiciary through the various constitutional offices such as the Auditor General’s Office and the National Assembly and understanding Kenya’s court administration and case management systems in order to enhance the capacity of the Judiciary of South Sudan.

Speaking when the delegation met Justice Mwongo, the leader of the delegation, Deputy Chief Justice Ruben Madol Arol, said that the lessons learnt would help to address challenges faced by the Judiciary of South Sudan.

Justice Mwongo said the Kenyan Judiciary had been engaging the South Sudan Judiciary in their quest to transit to the Common Law System over the last two years.

Justice Arol is accompanied by Justice Awur Moyak Deng-1st Grade County Court Judge (Chief Magistrate); Justice Benjamin Baak Deng of the Supreme Court; Justice Mohammed Ismail Said (Supreme Court); Justice George Lado Tartisio (Court of Appeal); Shahzada Ahmed (Programme Specialist, Access to Justice and Rule of Law-UNDP); Rowland Cole, Country Director, UNDP South Sudan and Pamela Tutui, Technical Legal Advisor/Trainer, Judiciary of South Sudan.