Judiciary launches new tool to monitor cases

By: ERIC THUO

Judiciary has developed an instrument, the Daily Court Returns Template, which took effect on Thursday, that will help monitor the administration of justice by the courts on a daily basis.

The tool which has already been disseminated and pre-tested by the Judiciary’s Performance Management Directorate, captures the court station, case number, status and type of the case, the reasons why the case is active, its life cycle and the judicial officer handling it.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said in a memo that the development of the template is informed by the need to build a good organizational culture, where performance and output is continuously and scientifically measured.

He said the instrument is the official data collection tool through which Judges, Magistrates, Kadhis, Registrars and Judicial Staff are required to fill in and submit returns.

Mutunga noted that the Judiciary is embracing a ‘Big Data Initiative’ where comprehensive information is compared from the daily reports of activities performed in the courts, and analyzed for performance measurement, resource mobilization, and other administrative and policy interventions.

“Let me emphasize that the Constitution demands of the Judiciary to be accountable and we have chosen the DCRT as our primary tool to scientifically gather and organize our daily output,” the CJ said.

He added: “Now that we have institutionalized performance management and measurement, it is even more critical that all courts routinely report and reflect on efforts expended towards serving citizens.”