By Claire Wanja
Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu will on Thursday inaugurate a High Court in Makueni County.
Over the last two months, Chief Justice David Maraga opened three High Court Stations in Narok, Kabarnet and Garsen.
He also opened Mpeketoni Law Courts in Lamu County and a refurbished Children’s Court in Nakuru.
The move by the Judiciary is expected to bring justice closer to the people. The law requires the Judiciary to establish a High Court station in each of the 47 counties.
So far, the total number of High Court Stations in the country is 39.
Before the establishment of Makueni High Court, residents in the county travelled long distances to access judicial services at Machakos High Court, in Machakos County.
Makueni Law Courts was gazetted as a High Court vide Gazette Notice No. 296 of 9th January, 2017, to be operational with effect from January 9, 2017.
The court is expected to serve an approximate population of 884,527 residents, residing in six constituencies – Mbooni, Kilome, Kaiti, Makueni, Kibwezi West and Kibwezi East.
The High Court exercises supervisory jurisdiction over Makueni, Tawa, Kilungu and Makindu Magistrates Courts.
In the year 2015 – 2016, all the four courts were able to resolve 3, 104 cases out of 7, 634.
The total number of cases initiated were 4, 530, in all the courts.