CJ Koome to chair meeting to discuss reforms in justice sector

CJ Koome to chair meeting to discuss reforms in justice sector

Chief Justice Martha Koome will Friday chair her first key gathering of State actors whose mandate is to coordinate the administration of justice and reforms in the justice sector in an efficient, effective and consultative manner.

The State actors include the Judiciary, Prisons Service, National Police Service, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Probation and Aftercare Service, State Law Office, and the Witness Protection Agency.

Others are the Office of the President, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Lands.

The special council meeting of the National Council on the Administration of Justice will deliberate reforms in the traffic sector with a focus on the reintroduction of roadside courts, imposition of instant fines and a clear regulatory policy for boda boda transport.

On prison de-congestion, the meeting will explore the increased use of alternatives to imprisonment such as community service and plea bargaining.

Consideration will also be given to probation and aftercare as alternatives.

The use of virtual courts to speed up delivery of justice following lessons drawn with the onset of the Covid pandemic will also feature, with emphasis on ensuring stable Internet connectivity in prisons and courts.

In addition, the NCAJ also formed a special task force to address issues on children in conflict with the law and those in need of care and protection.

The meeting will hence discuss an audit of old files of children matters to be dealt with as a matter of urgency and enactment of the Children Bill, 2021 that will address most of the problems in the system.

The clearing of corruption cases remains a key concern for CJ Koome, who on Monday pledged the courts would give priority to the conclusion of over 400 pending corruption cases seeking recovery of assets worth Ksh 11 billion.

The CJ told officials of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) that her administration will pursue timely delivery of justice.

“I said judges must take individual responsibility with a proper case management system,” Justice Koome told the officials led by EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak.

CJ Koome has previously stated that no case should stay in a trial court beyond three years, or in the case of appellate courts, one year.

  

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