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Use arbitration, mediation to resolve cases, Kenyans urged

Investors' confidence in the country is pegged on the Judiciary readiness and ability to speedily deal with cases affecting investors

In Summary

• Maraga said the Judiciary has trained enough personnel to assist in arbitration and Court-annexed mediation.

• Nyandarua governor assured the necessary support to ensure the Judiciary achieves its objective in the county

Chief Justice David Maraga cuts the ribbon to mark the official opening of Engineer Law Courts on Thursday. Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia looks on
JUSTICE: Chief Justice David Maraga cuts the ribbon to mark the official opening of Engineer Law Courts on Thursday. Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia looks on
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Chief Justice David Maraga at Engineer Law Courts on Thursday
ALTERNATIVE WAYS: Chief Justice David Maraga at Engineer Law Courts on Thursday
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Chief Justice David Maraga and Nyandarua governor Francis Kimemia during the opening of Engineer Law Courts on Thursday
JUSTICE: Chief Justice David Maraga and Nyandarua governor Francis Kimemia during the opening of Engineer Law Courts on Thursday
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Kenyans have been urged to make use of arbitration and court-annexed mediation to resolve disputes.

Chief Justice David Maraga on Thursday said this will not only reduce the huge case backlog in the courts, but will also save the litigants time and money.

He said the disputes, some of them petty, take as long as 20 years in court.

“Where I come from, for example, if you quarrel with your neighbour they say 'see you in court'. That is not good as there are many cases we need to settle at home,” he said

The CJ spoke at Engineer town in Kinangop, Nyandarua county, where he opened the Engineer Law Court. He said families should take advantage of this initiative to settle succession issues.

He said the Judiciary has trained enough personnel to handle arbitration and the Court-annexed mediation.

“There are people we have trained who will help you to share property. This will help you cut the prohibitive cost and safe time. But instead, you find siblings who even don’t talk to one another because they have been fighting in courts for years,” he said

He said investors who face court matters when they come to the country want them resolved quickly and are forced to move to other countries if this cannot be done.

“We don’t want Kenya to be shunned because we are taking too long to deal with cases that come before us,” he said

Maraga reiterated that the Judiciary’s aim is to see that no case lasts more than two years.

 

Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia assured the CJ that the county will continue working with the Judiciary and give all necessary support.