Justice Maraga chairs inaugural Supreme Court sitting

By Halligan Agade

The newly re-constituted Supreme Court held its inaugural sitting on Monday morning chaired by Chief Justice David Maraga in which they agreed to among others expedite the 69 cases pending before the court.

The Supreme Court has been out of operation for nearly five months following the retirement of the immediate former Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga, his deputy Lady justice Kalpana Rawal  and  Supreme Court judge Philip Tunoi.

The apex court has been without three judges to make it a full constitutionally accepted bench of seven judges since June 2016 after the immediate former Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga opted for early retirement.

Dr. Mutunga’s deputy Lady Justice Kalpana Rawal and Supreme Court Judge, Justice Philip Tunoi were forced to leave office after attaining the retirement age of 70 years.

Five months later the court is now properly constituted to discharge its duties.

Newly appointed Chief Justice David Maraga, his deputy Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu and Judge Isaac Lenaola say they intend to deal with pending cases as a matter of priority.

The Supreme Court has presided over 159 cases since its formation in 2011. However Maraga called upon the advocates to invest in research while presenting their clients to help develop jurisprudence.

Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko and Law Society of Kenya President Isaac Okero said that they will work hand in hand with the Supreme Court for the wheels of justice to roll faster.

And even as the Supreme Court resumes its functions questions linger as to whether the status quo shall remain as far as it’s composition is concerned.  Last month the National Gender and Equality Commission moved to court protesting the low number of women judges in the court saying it is far below the minimum one third constitutional threshold.

  

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