Judiciary forms building unit

Construction and repairs of court rooms will be handled by a newly created internal unit of the Judiciary to curb delays and inefficiencies by external contractors.

The Judiciary said the unit, known as the directorate of building services (DBS), will help accelerate its real estate projects and boost expansion of service delivery across the country.

The unit, which is headed by an architect and staffed with valuers, engineers, electricians and surveyors, comes in the wake of the recent loss of millions of shillings through questionable property deals.

The Treasury allocates hundreds of millions of shillings each year for construction, repair and renting of buildings used by the Judiciary.

Court buildings

“The directorate of building services will be responsible for the management of Judiciary’s estates, designing of court buildings, preparing tender documents and contracts, supervising construction works, extensions, remodelling,” said John Okello, an architect who heads the new unit.

The Judiciary plans to construct 30 new High Court buildings, rehabilitate 90 magistrate courts and build over 200 new magistrate courts across the country as part of a strategy to push services closer to the masses.

The World Bank will support construction of nine new High Court buildings, one children’s court and refurbishment of 20 magistrates’ courts.
It will also supervise consultants in landscaping, interior design and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) services.