The Judiciary will build a new Sh400 million court in Meru town which will house the High Court and a Court Of Appeal registry.
This follows the donation of a 2.5-acre piece of land to the Judiciary by the County Government of Meru.
Speaking during handing-over of the land by Governor Peter Munya, Chief Justice David Maraga said the Judiciary has already budgeted for the project which will help decongest the current court house.
“You have handed over the land to the Judiciary but you have actually given it to the people of Meru and the surrounding area since this is all about bringing services closer to them,” he said.
The building will house will house nine court rooms and 11-14 Chambers for judges and magistrates. Other facilities include offices for DPP; Probation and other National Council for Administration of Justice agencies.
“You are free to start mobilizing for construction. Marginalization is when services are far from the people. People will no longer have to travel all the way to Nyeri for Court Of Appeal hearings,” Governor Muya said.
The Governor also pledged to donate more land in Maua where the Judiciary intends to build a new court. Justice Maraga said the Judiciary would consider building another court at Mutuati, 21 kilometres from Maua, where the community has donated a piece of land.
On Wednesday, the Chief Justice laid the foundation stone for the construction of a Sh379 million High Court in Isiolo. The building is expected to be completed by October next year.