Chief Justice Martha Koome. PHOTO/COURTESY

Chief Justice Martha Koome has reiterated Judiciary’s commitment to enhancing access to justice through the adoption of a people-centred approach.

The CJ revealed that the Judiciary is working closely with the Hague Institute for Innovation in Law (HiiL) to role out people-centred justice system while at the same time leveraging on technology to ensure efficiency in service delivery.

“I urge you to continue supporting the Judiciary directly or through HiiL to ensure that our blueprint inspires the entire justice sector to adopt a people-centred programming approach,” Koome said

“We are investing in data and evidence to support decision-making, negotiating for additional resources, cultivating the political will necessary to support policy and law reform and deepening our partnerships with friends and allies to scale game-changing initiatives that we have seen to have substantial positive effect on access to justice,” she added

The CJ spoke on Monday during a partners roundtable meeting on Social Transformation Through Access to Justice (STAJ) Vison at the Safari Park hotel.

Koome said the Judiciary plans to establish Judiciary desks in all Huduma centres and e-filling support services as well as the scaling up of the automation of registry and court services.

In addition, CJ Koome said the Judiciary is setting up subordinate courts within each constituency and a High Court in each county to promote equity in access to justice.

“Improved physical access and proximity to justice resources including legal information is critical to ensure that those who have been excluded from the reach of justice can have justice within reach. We believe it is unjust and inequitable for one to travel for more than 100 KMs to access justice,” she stated

The ongoing Social Transformation Through Access to Justice (STAJ) Vison roundtable meeting aims at creating synergies and securing alignment of key priority programs and projects to ensure the realisation of people-centred access to justice in Kenya.

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