More judges to be recruited to cut backlog of cases - Maraga

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Chief Justice David Maraga said the commission has also put in place measures to help fast-track corruption cases in the country.

Chief Justice David Maraga in Nyahururu on Friday, March 22, 2019
Chief Justice David Maraga in Nyahururu on Friday, March 22, 2019
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The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will recruit more judges and magistrates to help reduce the backlog of cases.

Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday said the commission has put in place measures to fast-track graft cases as part of the Judiciary transformation process.

They include recruiting more judges, magistrates, judicial officers and staff.

 Maraga spoke in Nyahururu when presiding over the closing of the Judiciary Elections Disputes Resolution (EDR) debrief for High Court judges.

He said petty offences are a major contributor to backlog of cases.

“Some people are bringing cases which should not even find their way to the courts. We have this backlog of cases because even when you quarrel with your neighbour you want to bring the matter to court," he said

 Maraga defended the Judiciary against accusation of laxity in the war on corruption.

“We are committed to fighting corruption in the country and we will continue dealing with graft cases as required and as they are brought to us by the investigating agencies. I would like those saying that Judiciary is the weakest link to know that we are the strongest link in the war on corruption," he said.

"We handle the cases depending on evidence adduced before the court and the law as we understand it. Kenyans should rest assured that we shall deal with all cases without fear."

The Executive and politicians have previously accused the Judiciary of not doing enough to fight graft.

Maria Mbeneka, a Law Society of Kenya (LSK) council member, who represented the LSK President, delays in business cases as one of the factors hurting the economy.

“If we could adopt the modern management practices of technology like e-filing, this would go a long way in fast-tracking the handling of cases in our courts," she said.