High Court Principal Judge Richard Mwongo.
BY SAM ALFAN.
In a move taken by Judiciary to make sure Kenyans get access to justice in the country, judiciary has announced it has cleared13, 267 of backlog of old cases over the last one month.
This was at Milimani High Court during the ongoing initiative to clear old cases clogging the court system in the country.
The exercise was done by the ewly appointed judges who cleared with 108 criminal appeals, 379 Criminal Revision / Miscellaneous applications, 126 Judicial Review matters, 1, 003 Commercial, 4,095 Family, and 7, 556 Civil cases between June 8 and July 3, 2015.
The learned judges also managed to clear 12, 581 inactive cases and finalized 34 criminal appeals.
Some of the cases that were dismissed for failure of parties to move to court included four civil cases filed before Independence in 1962.
The special courts also gave hearing dates, directions and granted confirmations during the drive those targets 30, 000 cases in 10 High Court stations. The initiative to clear old cases continues in nine other High Court stations that include Meru, Mombasa, Nyeri, Kisumu, Kakamega, Eldoret, Nakuru, Kisii and Machakos.
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga deployed the 14 new judges to High Court stations with the highest backlog to speed up the wheels of justice. The crash initiative targets family, civil, commercial, criminal and constitutional cases filed before 2010. The programme excludes land and environment matters.
The judges are hearing civil and family cases where parties are ready to proceed and dismissing old inactive files that account for part of the backlog in courts. They are also hearing criminal and civil appeals.
Judiciary under the leaderships of Chief Justice Willy Mutunga is engaging on endless effort to allow Kenyans access justice expeditiously.