By Claire Wanja
The Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nairobi has cleared 1,019 cases in a bid to rid the court system of cases that had been pending for a long time.
According to a statement from Judiciary media service Monday, this happened during the court’s Service Week, conducted from April 18 to 22, 2016, to clear cases that had remained dormant in the labour court for long.
The exercise followed a case file audit carried out to identify matters that had remained inactive in the court system.
During the week, the court handled 1,046 cases that were clogging the labour court in Nairobi.
The 11 judges involved in the exercise closed 103 files, dismissed 887, recorded 29 consents and delivered 27 judgments for matters that had proceeded for hearing.
The court’s registrar Kennedy Kandet said a repeat of the exercise will be conducted in other stations in the coming financial year. A total of 6,000 cases constitute the case load at the court.
“The purpose was to reduce case backlog in the Nairobi station whose case load currently stands at over 6,000,” Kandet said.
In March, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga presided over the launch of the court and it’s Service Delivery Charter at Milimani law courts in Nairobi.
Meanwhile, the court has completed reviewing the Employment and Labour Relations Court Rules meant to streamline operations its registries.
“The public and other stakeholders have already given their views and proposals and we are only waiting for the validation of the rules and the subsequent submission to the CJ, for gazettement,” the Registrar added.
Kandet said the court was reviewing the rules in order to simplify them and improve on their functionality and access to court services.