Judiciary to establish small claims courts

The Judiciary will on Monday open a small claims court as part of ongoing efforts to reduce perennial backlog of cases.

The Small Claims Court is established by the Small Claims Act 2016 as a subordinate court in the structure of the court system in Kenya.

Once operational, the court will hear and determine all monetary jurisdiction matters not exceeding 1 million shillings.

The Judiciary says the establishment of the small claims courts is part of an initiative to enhance the ease of doing business in the country.

The courts are intended to reduce backlog of cases by having disputes resolved through simple, inexpensive and expeditious procedures in a bid to enhance access to justice.

The Small Claims Court at Milimani Commercial Court, will be the first of its kind as established under the Small Claims Court Act 2016.

The court was gazetted vide Gazette Notice No. 3791 of 2021 by the Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu on April 23, 2021.

Three adjudicators and an Acting Registrar have been assigned to the court.

The establishment of the court is expected to lift some weight off the shoulders of Kenya’s legal system.


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