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Acting Chief Justice Mwilu pledges drastic changes at the Judiciary

Acting Chief Justice (CJ) Philomena Mwilu has announced that streamlining of E-system, reorganization of the judiciary and standardization of court fees will be her top priority during her tenure.

Speaking at Mombasa Law Courts on Thursday during her maiden tour, Justice Mwilu put on notice those sabotaging E-filing system and pledged to introduce drastic changes in coming days to enhance efficiency in the judiciary.

The acting CJ disclosed that she has received several complaints on the E-filling and said genuine breakdown of the system must be rectified within 20 minutes. She said: “a committee has been formed to ensure litigants file their papers during the breakdown of the system without hindrance.”

She said the changes are necessitated by recent promotion of 185 judicial officers, shortfalls in key departments and implementation of the ICT system.

Mwilu took over the helm of the judiciary on acting capacity on Monday after the former Chief Justice David Maraga attained the retirement age.

The acting Chief Justice also pledged to implement the report on the standardization of court fee which has not been acted upon.

In December last year, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) promoted 22 senior principal magistrates to the position of chief magistrates while others were promoted to the position of senior principal magistrates, principal magistrates, senior resident magistrates and principal Kadhis.

When asked whether she will apply for the post of Chief Justice, Mwilu did not rule out the possibility saying the required qualifications for the post of Deputy Chief Justice are the same with that of Chief Justice.


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