Lady Justice Rawal vetted for Deputy CJ docket
24 May 2013, 17:31
The nominated Lady Justice Kalpana Rawal on Friday appeared before the Parliamentary Committee of Justice and Legal Affairs for vetting to take up the vacant position of the Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The Committee headed by Samuel Chepkong'a, the Eldoret East MP, questioned Justice Rawal on her pragmatism and fairness in making judgement throughout her 13 years experience in the Judiciary and how she is going to build the institution's trust for the public to seek justice.
Rawal said that there should be no doubt by the public concerning her suitability as the Deputy CJ of the Supreme Court because her tremendous contribution in the Judiciary resulting from her honesty, hardworking and God-fearing traits led to great achievement.
"I have been and will remain to be a champion of justice in providing equal judgement in respect to fundamental rights of all citizens,"said Rawal.
She added that she understands the complexity challenge of Kenyan courts in handling cases due to improper guideline code on dealing with cases, saying she would settle the issue after her approval.
Rawal said that separation of power between the Judiciary and the Legislature has been a problem for a long time but with the provisions of the New Constitution, the Court will remain independent without interference by an outside institution.
"Independence of the Judiciary means non-interferance to its legal operations by any outsider body as long as judges carry out their duties lawfully,"said Rawal.
Rawal said that granted the Deputy CJ docket, she would ensure there is transparency in judgement, promising to expand and accelerate the existing reforms to restore the Judiciary's lost reputation and trust.
In her closing remarks, Rawal urged the Parliament to work jointly with the Supreme Court without interfering with each body's responsibilities in order to build a good image of the nation.
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