The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) says it will consider supporting elders involved in Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR) following appeals from Isiolo elders.
The ADR is a procedure for settling disputes without litigation with members applying methods such as arbitration, mediation and negotiations.
The JSC members praised Isiolo elders for embracing the strategy which is usually less costly and more expeditious.
The JSC Commissioners led by Mercy Deche made a tour of Isiolo law courts where they received reports from the Court Users Committee and elders from the local communities who engage in ADR services.
Commissioner Deche said the elders handling cases in the alternative administration of justice had been using their own resources to prepare and keep records of their proceedings and their appeal to be supported by Judiciary will be explored.
The Commissioners who also paid a courtesy call on the Isiolo Governor, Dr. Mohamed Kuti, and the County Commissioner (CC), John Ondego before meeting court users and court staff included, Justice Mohamed Warsame, Justice Aggrey Muchelule, Emily Ominde, Olive Mugenda and Felix Kosgey.
The Court Users Chairman, Bishop Stephen Kalunyu asked the judiciary to provide the court with adequate transport and additional translators for there to be fast processing of cases as well as strengthening the mobile courts to far flung centres within the vast county.
Representatives of Council of elders for Borana, Ameru Njuri Ncheke, Somali and Samburu said their main challenge was lack of an office from where to operate, besides lack of operational funds for their activities.
They appealed for monetary support so as to enhance discharge of their responsibilities effectively and efficiently.
By David Nduro