Endless case adjournments must stop, CJ tells magistrates

Chief Justice David Maraga has reiterated that the Judiciary will not condone any form of corruption and called for the upholding of professional and ethical standards among judicial officers.

The CJ spoke Monday when he presided over the swearing-in ceremony of newly recruited resident magistrates at the Supreme Court in Nairobi.

Maraga called on the new magistrates to be men and women of integrity and serve the public with honesty.

Maraga at the same time noted that the public was fed up with the adjournment of cases and called for speedy dispensation of suits.

“Ensure that you effectively manage cases and matters that come to you. Endless adjournments of cases on frivolous grounds are the very reasons that we have cases that stay in our courts for years on end. The public are fed up with us on this. We cannot afford to have this continue” said the CJ.

He challenged magistrates against falling prey to intimidation of lawyers demanding them to recuse themselves from hearing cases before them on flimsy grounds.

“If you do not prepare well, there is a great probability that you will end up being taken in circles by lawyers and litigants. Adequate preparation enables you to take charge and control of matters before you” noted the CJ.

“Effective case management will enable us to effectively and expeditiously deal with matters and thus reduce the staggering backlog of cases in our courts. In a nutshell, take full charge and be in control of the proceedings in your court”.

The CJ also warned the judicial officers against the temptation and danger of social media, cautioning them to be prudent in its use.

The Chief Justice revealed that the Judicial Service Commission was in the process of amending the judicial code of conduct.












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