May 17, 2022

Unnecessary adjournments contribute to case backlog-Chief Justice Koome

CJ Martha Koome

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Chief Justice Martha Koome wants lawyers to stop unnecessary adjournments that have delayed the hearing of cases in courts.

The Chief Justice said that the problem of case backlog and delayed delivery of Justice were a result of unnecessary adjournments.

Koome told advocates to embrace the multi-door approach to address societal grievances.

“Embrace the multi-door approach to the delivery of justice that recognizes the utility of Small Claims Court, alternative systems of justice, and alternative dispute resolution in redressing societal grievances,” the CJ said at Supreme Court. Koome was addressing stakeholders in the justice system after she presided over the admission of 97 lawyers to the role of Advocates of the High Court of Kenya.

Koome urged advocates to contribute socially beneficial services to the society while being part of the process of developing constitutionally decreed indigenous social jurisprudence by availing arguments to judges and judicial officers.

“Be ready to go an extra mile to ensure victims of gender-based violence, children, persons living with disabilities, and persons from minority and marginalized communities are enabled to access justice,” she said.

Koome congratulated the newly admitted advocates, reminding them that their admission to the bar marks a transition from a period focused on studies to practising.

She asked the advocates to work as per the constitution’s value system of establishing a socially just state and society.

“The constitutional goal of creating a just social order will only be realized when all citizens including those of us in the legal profession, embrace the required ways of conduct required in the society,” she said.

Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu encouraged the advocates to conduct themselves in a manner that upholds professional, personal and social ethics.

“Practice civility in your interaction with members of the bench and colleagues in the bar. The concern here is that while expressing a different opinion is encouraged, we should disagree without being disagreeable,” she said.

Representing the Office of the Attorney General at the event, Lawrence Muiruri affirmed that the advocates had joined a community of colleagues for the pursuit for citizens’ matters.

Muiruri said that the emergence of new frontiers is an opportunity to diversify, and encouraged the advocates to broaden their knowledge and adapt to shifting trends.

“Kindly pursue the path of least resistance as it promotes harmonious living in the society,” urged Muiruri.

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