The Judiciary has institutionalised November as the service month to clear backlog of cases involving children with over 3,000 cases concluded in the past year.
Chief Justice Martha Koome says the Judiciary has also sensitised judicial officers and litigants to promote alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to handle children’s cases and the need to embrace non-custodial sentences and measures for children.
“We are working to ensure that children who are held in statutory institutions are provided with education services and rolling out children Court User Committees to bring together child justice actors in all courts in Kenya,” She said.
Koome spoke when she joined friends, colleagues, child rights and welfare defenders at the UNICEF 75th anniversary celebrations to marks 50 years of UNICEF’s work in Kenya and 75 years globally.
“For any community or nation to have a future, it must protect the well-being of children. Beyond provision of basic needs, children ought to be protected from violence, exploitation, abuse and discrimination,” She said.
The CJ said the ‘Social Transformation through Access to Justice vision for the Judiciary’ pays special attention to enable vulnerable groups, including children, access justice in the judicial system.
This she said is in line with the National Council on the Administration of Justice 2021-2026 Strategic Plan which includes enhanced access to justice for children as a key priority by the actors in the justice sector.