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More prosecutors deployed in Nyeri to reduce backlog

12 February 2014, 15:50 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) central region has deployed two prosecutors to ease the backlog of cases in Nyeri law courts.

Central region Assistant DPP, Job Kaigai said the two officers, currently undergoing two weeks induction in Nairobi, are expected to start prosecution work in the magistrate courts by next month.

Kaigai said the move was in response to a letter written to his office by Nyeri Bar Association, complaining about the acute shortage of prosecutors and delayed dispensation of criminal justice in the law courts.

He said he is aware of the shortage of prosecutors not only in Nyeri but also in Laikipia County, an area which also lies under his jurisdiction.

He noted that currently there are four prosecutors against an establishment of seven courts in Nyeri town that handle criminal cases.

To mitigate the problem, Kaigai noted that his office has taken the matter with the Office of the Public Prosecutions and the Criminal Investigation Department to gazette more prosecutors particularly those below the rank of inspector and have prior prosecution experience.

He noted that he will work with the office of Chief magistrate to come up with a timetable at the beginning of each session so as to ensure that civil cases are not mixed with criminal matters.

Kaigai also pointed out that the DPP is seeking approval from the Treasury to hire prosecution assistants whom he said will only be required to have basic knowledge of law - like diploma in law - to assist with day-to-day prosecution work.

On February 7, the Nyeri Bar Association wrote to the region’s Public Prosecution Office requesting the office to intervene and address the shortage of prosecutors in Nyeri law courts.

The letter stated that lawyers were kept waiting as the few prosecutors are shared amongst the courts, which they noted was an inefficient way of dispensing criminal justice

Kaigai said his office will continue to work hand in hand with the association to ensure that all courts are operating at optimal capacity.

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