KENYA: JUDICIARY TO CLEAR IN FIVE DAYS CHILDREN’S CASE BACKLOG, SOME PENDING FOR FIVE YEARS

NAIROBI, Nov 28 (NNN-KBC)–The Judiciary is set to embark on a five-day crash exercise to clear a backlog of over 4,000 children cases at Milimani Law Courts.

The high court is therefore notifying all parties with pending cases to attend court next week when their cases will be determined.

However, the Judiciary says charges of murder and those involving children charged jointly with an adult will not be determined during upcoming children’s court week.

The high court is expected to hear and determine 4, 435 cases on children matters that accumulated between 2002 and 2010. According to a statement from the Judiciary, the Children’s Court will hear cases where action has not been taken by the parties for more than a year.

The parties will be required to inform the court whether or not they intend to proceed with their cases. The court will hear the active cases and deliver judgments and close files where necessary.

The exercise is intended to manage the court’s caseload by ridding the system of dead cases to enhance efficient and smooth operation of the Children’s Court.–NNN-KBC