KENYA’S JUDICIARY TO START CLEARING CASES INVOLVING CHILDREN

NAIROBI, Kenya’s Judiciary has launched its annual Judicial Service Week to clear pending matters involving chldren in all court stations by December this year.

Speaking during the launch at the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi on Monday, Court of Appeal Judge Justice Martha Koome said all court stations across Kenya had been instructed to ensure that all children’s matters are heard within the time set aside.

Justice Koome, who is also Chairperson of the National Council on Administration of Justice (NCAJ) Special Task Force on Children’s Matters, said the Judiciary was committed to the protection of children and would support programmes geared towards ensuring that children’s cases were processed expeditiously.

She urged the Probation and the Children’s Departments to come out strongly to support the Task Force in fast-tracking cases involving children.

The child should grow up in the family that should ensure they are provided for. Children need to be guided so that they become useful members of the community,” Justice Koome said.

Makadara Chief Magistrate Emily Ominde, who is also a Commissioner at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), urged parties with children’s matters to turn up at the courts across the country to facilitate the hearing and determination of the cases during the service week.

The courts commenced the exercise on Nov 6 and are expected to conclude the hearing of the matters this Friday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK