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Government analyst slowing down criminal trials

04 November 2015, 21:32 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - The Government analyst has been accused of slowing down trials of criminal cases due to delay in sending back exhibit reports forwarded for analysis, Kerugoya high court resident judge Boaz Olao has said.

Olao regretted that courts have been unable to conclude cases pending before them as they await feedback of the prosecution reports on the trials.

He expressed concern that only one criminal murder case has successfully been concluded at the Kerugoya High court since 2013 due to delays by the government chemist in sending back the exhibit reports.

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Speaking in Kerugoya Town during Regional court users committee meeting, Justice Olao who also is the committee chairman, noted that there are many criminal cases pending at the high court.

“Delay in possessing the reports and presenting them at courts are frustrating our efforts to clear backlog of cases at law courts even it's hard for judges and magistrates to meet their targets,” Justice Olao said.

He lamented that courts are forced to keep on adjourning trials awaiting the exhibits reports, thus resulting to delay of cases conclusion yet longest period a case trial should take was 365 days.

The members of the court users committee said government chemist services should be decentralized to the counties in order to offer better services to Kenyans.

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