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Judiciary to recruit more judges to ease backlog cases

The  Judiciary will hire more judges in the Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC) to ease backlog cases and  ensure  prompt justice is delivered to the litigants.

The  ELRC Principal Judge, lady Justice Maureen Onyango  on Friday  said ten more Judges are set to be recruited to  ease delayed cases in the court.

Speaking  during the open day and launch of the court’s registry manual at the Nyeri Law Courts, Justice Onyango said  currently the court has 12 judges since its establishment.

She noted that the establishment of the court had prompted an increase in the number of cases filed within a short period of time leading to backlogs due to shortage of judges to clear them.

“The growth in caseload can also be attributed to increased awareness in the labour sector in Kenya on the role and mandate  of the court in dispute resolution,” she said.

Onyango  added that the government had gazzetted more registries countrywide to improve on caseloads and bring justice  closer to the people, citing Voi and Kitale among others that would be operational by January 2020.

The Judge underscored the importance of the registry manual, noting it would harmonize the manner in which the business of the court is conducted.

“The  Manual  provides  clarity on the operations of registries, including an on line  of  key registry  procedures  and

management  of records,” noting that the registry is the heart of the court.

Speaking  during the same occasion, Central Regional Commissioner (CRC), Wilfred Nyagwanga pointed out that ELRC  was critical to both the employer and the employee in solving disputes.

Nyanganga  hailed the Judiciary for the role it was playing in training National government administrators like chiefs and  their assistants in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the rural areas and therefore reducing cases that could finally land in courts.

He  added that the government would continue to provide a conducive environment for the court to operate.

The  Nyeri County Governor, Mutahi Kahiga  who also graced the occasion criticized some members of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) for delays in court cases.

Kahiga lamented that some members had the habit of adjourning cases and sometimes failing to appear for court proceedings triggering postponements leading to backlogs.

“The LSK is notorious for delaying cases,” Kahiga said adding that his administration will work closely with the Judiciary  to ensure prompt justice is accessed by the residents.

By  Mwangi  Gaitha

 

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