Eldoret to get permanent Court of Appeal, CJ Koome assures

Koome commended the county for collaborating with the Judiciary to enhance access to justice

In Summary
  • The visit came ahead of the launch of the court in Moiben and an Alternative Justice Systems Suite.

  • Five other AJS suites have also been established in five other sub-counties in Uasin Gishu.

CJ Martha Koome when she paid a courtesy call on Uasin Gishu Governor Dr Jonathan Bii on May 8, 2024
CJ Martha Koome when she paid a courtesy call on Uasin Gishu Governor Dr Jonathan Bii on May 8, 2024
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Chief Justice Martha Koome has confirmed the establishment of a permanent Court of Appeal in Eldoret when upcoming interviews for Judges of Appeal are finalised.

Speaking on Thursday during a courtesy call on Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Chelilim, she said the Judiciary will also post an additional judge to the high court in Eldoret.

"The Judiciary has also gazetted courts in Moiben, Turbo, Chepkorio and Soi to deepen access to Justice," the CJ said.

The visit came ahead of the launch of the court in Moiben and an Alternative Justice Systems Suite.

Five other AJS suites have also been established in five other sub-counties in Uasin Gishu.

CJ Koome commended the county for collaborating with the Judiciary to enhance access to justice by providing space for court construction and space to establish the AJS suites.

“The Judiciary appreciates the county leadership’s involvement with the Court User Committees (CUC), with the Deputy Governor (John Barorot) being the vice chair in the CUC sub-committee on AJS," she said.

She assured the governor that additional magistrates are now available for deployment in areas where the county is ready to establish more courts.

At the same time, Koome appealed to Governor Chelilim to assist the Judiciary secure housing for judges and judicial officers working in the county.

Chelilim urged the Judiciary to post additional judges to the county, saying there are many succession and land matters that need to be resolved expeditiously.

“The introduction of AJS in the county is welcome because many people don’t want to resolve their disputes in court. AJS provides for amicable resolution of cases,” he said.

The Governor also asked for more trainings among the community to embrace the alternative justice model which is not adversarial and provides a win-win solution, especially in succession matters and other family disputes

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