Judiciary swears in new Magistrates
The Judiciary is still suffering perceived cases of corruption and Chief Justice (CJ), David Maraga has vowed that the Judicial Service Commission will deal with the menace.
The CJ said while receiving 42 Magistrates who were recently hired by the JSC that they were joining the service at a time when the Judiciary was grappling with the corruption monster.
Congratulating the new judicial officers, Justice Maraga noted that there is perceived and real corruption in the Judiciary, cautioning the Magistrates against engaging in corrupt practices.
He revealed that mechanisms have been put in place to monitor the happenings in courts across the country with a view to flag out incidents of corruption and dealing with them firmly.
“Allegations of corruption in the Judiciary are there, some are real while others are perceptions. We have ways of knowing which are real and those that are perceptions,” the CJ said.
The CJ advised the judicial officers to familiarize with his blueprint “Sustaining Judiciary Transformation framework: A Service Delivery Agenda” in order to implement it fully and fast-track cases in court.
“My blueprint targets to clear case backlog in the courts in the next five years. Find a way of clearing all those cases,” Justice Maraga urged.
He advised the Magistrates to work with dignity but at the same time be firm and avoid political influences and biases.
The CJ asked them to be courageous in the dispensation of justice and pledged his support to ensure that they delivered on their mandate.
The JSC members, Court of Appeal Judge, Mohammed Warsame and Commissioner, Mercy Deche told the Magistrates that the Commission expects them to work with dignity, and will provide them the support they require to discharge their duties.
They however, warned that the Commission will not hesitate to take action against those who involve themselves in misconduct.
Further, they urged the Magistrates to stay true to their oath, adding that their professional conduct will define their growth as judicial officers.
The Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) Director, Justice Prof. James Otieno Odek said the institute will provide continuous training opportunities for the new officers to sharpen their judicial skills.
The Chief Registrar of the Judiciary (CRJ), Anne Amadi asked the Magistrates to adhere to the code of conduct in order to serve the public as is expected of them.
“Service delivery in the Judiciary is affected due to the diminishing number of magistrates who leave due to misconduct most of which is bribery related, so ensure that you avoid any form of misconduct,” said Amadi.
By Habel Shiloli