The Judiciary has rolled out the Court Annexed Mediation exercise in 10 counties to increase efficiency and enhance access to justice.
The exercise has been rolled out as an Alternative Dispute Resolution method after a successful pilot in Nairobi.
Borrowing from the lessons learnt during the Mediation pilot and Settlement Week in Nairobi, Chief Justice David Maraga gazetted Practice Directions to guide the rollout of Court Annexed Mediation in Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Machakos, Garissa, Embu, Kakamega and Kisii.
The Taskforce led by High Court Judge Fred Ochieng that is overseeing mediation implementation has started carrying out activities in the said counties.
Currently, the Taskforce team is in Nyeri and Kakamega counties to engage internal and external stakeholders such as advocates, Court Users Committees, mediators, leaders, media and members of the public.
Registries will be set up to receive mediation matters and all civil matters filed at the courts will be subjected to mandatory screening and if found suitable, will be referred to mediation.
It is expected that the implementation of court-annexed mediation will increase efficiency at the Judiciary and enhance access to justice.