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Meru High Court judge appeals for a children’s court

05 March 2012, 13:07 Tony Ndungu Karomo

Meru High Court Judge Muga Apondi has urged the government to establish a children’s court in Meru County in order to ease the heavy backlog of cases pending in court.
The Justice said the entire larger Meru lacks a children court despite the area having many cases touching on children welfare noting if the court is established it will effectively handle the cases regarding minors.
“We already have a judge who is trained on children affairs and I am urging all the stakeholders to come together to initiate this noble idea because its achievable” Apondi added.
Speaking during the official launch of the Meru Judiciary sitting bay at the Meru law courts, Justice Apondi said Meru is one of the very challenging stations, and he called on all the advocates to encourage wananchi to consider solving some cases out of court.
“Actually let us not just take money. We can encourage the members of the public to consider settling minor domestic matters out of court, as this will help to ease cases and give us room to handle serious matters in court,” he noted.
He also noted that the Meru court lacks enough magistrates just like many other stations in the country, noting that a problem has led to serious backlog which have not yet been heard and determined.

Apondi together with his counterpart Aaron Makau both regretted that many magistrates and judges were scared of being posted to Meru due to the challenging work and appealed to them to reconsider their stand as other places had similar challenges.

The duo said Meru courts lacked enough legal personnel including judges and magistrates and facilities such as court chambers and called on the government to find a lasting solution to the problem.

He said the judiciary sitting bay is meant to give appropriate information to all court users free of charge targeting the poor, most vulnerable and the marginalized.
He advised the court personnel to ensure there was sufficient information on court proceedings to avoid unnecessary confusion. 

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