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Judiciary swears in new Magistrates 

The Chief  Justice, David Maraga,  JSC Commissioner, Justice Mohamed Warsame and the JTI Director, Justice Prof. James Otieno Odek  during the swearing in ceremony of 42 new Magistrates on Tuesday December 5, 2017. Photo  by  KNA.




Ken Muraguri Muchiri takes Oath of Office as Resident Magistrate at a ceremony presided over  by Chief Justice, David  Maraga  at Judiciary Training Institute on Tuesday December 5, 2017. Photo  by  KNA.

Ken Muraguri Muchiri takes Oath of Office as Resident Magistrate at a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice, David Maraga at Judiciary Training Institute on Tuesday December 5, 2017. Photo by KNA.

Sharon Phoebe Ouko takes Oath of Office as Resident Magistrate at a ceremony presided over  by  Chief Justice, David Maraga at Judiciary Training Institute. The Registrar, Magistrates Court, Peter Mulwa (Left)  administers  the Oath on Tuesday December 5, 2017. Photo by  KNA.

Sharon Phoebe Ouko takes Oath of Office as Resident Magistrate at a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice, David Maraga at Judiciary Training Institute. The Registrar, Magistrates Court, Peter Mulwa (Left) administers the Oath on Tuesday December 5, 2017. Photo by KNA.

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

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