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Prosecutors, Advocates put on notice

27 May 2013, 13:22 Oduor Omondi

Nyando Resident Magistrate Paul Wechuli has asked prosecutors and advocates to stop unnecessary tactics of pushing for adjournment of cases to favor selfish and personal interests.

Wechuli cited three cases in which the prosecution and defense counsels have persistently failed to avail witnesses to facilitate the hearings.
He issued a stern warning that he will, henceforth, not condone such behavior aimed at frustrating timely delivery of justice.

“Some of the cases in question have dragged on since last year without any proper explanations. This unfortunate trend will not be condoned in the court,” he declared.

However, the Magistrate allowed for the last postponement of the said cases from May 23 to June 6, emphasizing that the cases will be heard whether witnesses are available or not.

Nyando Senior Principal Magistrate Dorah Chepkwony also issued a similar warning last week after it emerged that some advocates were playing cat and mouse game to buy time.

Even so, most of the Judges and Magistrates have been re-assigned to dispose of election petition cases within 6 months, a fact that has been attributed to delays in various courts across the country.

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