The Judiciary says the number of offenders who have not been convicted has significantly reduced in the country’s remand facilities.
The Judiciary says this follows the implementation of policy guidelines developed in 2015 to guide police and judicial officers in the application of laws that provide for bail and bond.
Speaking during a consultative meeting to discuss the implementation of the policy guidelines and the challenges experienced, a High Court Judge at Milimani’s Criminal Division, Justice Luka Kimaru who is also the chairman of the National Community Service Orders Committee, said the number of remandees in prison facilities across the country has gone down from 32,000 in 2014 to 21,000, in 2017.
Judge Kimaru, said the prisons now hold more convicted offenders than accused persons whose cases are still before court.
Kimaru said one of the long term objectives of the Bail and Bond Policy Guidelines is to decongest prison facilities.
The judge however, called on all judicial officers to change their mindsets and fully commit to administering bail and bond terms in line with the Constitution.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice David Maraga will Monday preside over the launch of the Judiciary Mediation Settlement Week at the Milimani Law Courts, an initiative which aims at resolving 95 cases in five courts.
The week-long mediation process which will run to Friday, aims to resolve 95 cases in five courts namely: Milimani Children’s Court, Milimani Chief Magistrate’s Commercial Court, Environment and Land Court, Employment and Labour Relations Court and the Civil Division of the High Court.
The programme is among a number of initiatives by the judiciary aimed at expediting delivery of justice.
The judiciary says access to justice is a basic Human Right guaranteed by the Constitution of Kenya (2010) in Article 48, which creates an obligation on the state to ensure that the said access is available to all persons without discrimination.