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Judiciary to deploy 4 more judges in Mombasa

25 March 2014, 10:15 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal has assured coast residents that the Judiciary is progressively addressing issues of case backlog, infrastructure and shortage of magistrates in the region.

Speaking to journalist at the Mombasa Law Courts during a three-day visit, Rawal said the Judiciary has recruited more competent staff in the region to transform service delivery.

“We expect 25 more judges to be appointed by president Uhuru Kenyatta and we will deploy four of them to this region because at the moment, the shortage of magistrate is felt across the county,” said Rawal.

Deputy CJ said that the Judiciary is working closely with other actors in the justice sector to curb crime rates in the coastal region.

She also revealed that data from the courts indicate that crimes related to sex tourism, human and drug trafficking, organized violence and terrorism are on the increase in the region.

Rawal said the Judiciary is already working towards ensuring there is a smooth running of the judicial proceedings in Kenya.

However, she said the national assembly threat to slash the Judiciary budget will undermine and hinder their service delivery to Kenyans.

“If the Judiciary budget is slashed, we would experience shortages while handling our functions and that will affect members of the public," said Rawal.

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