Shortage of magistrates a concern at the Mombasa law court
19 May 2015, 14:23
Mombasa - Mombasa chief magistrate, Susan Shitubi is concerned by the backlog of fresh cases at the Mombasa law court following the transfer of five magistrates from the area.
Speaking during a court proceeding, Shitubi said that they are overworking because four magistrates have not been replaced following the judicial officers reshuffle.
“The matter should be mentioned after 14 days. We have four magistrates who have not been replaced,” she said.
Shitubi added that at the moment, they are communicating with Nairobi to resolve the shortage of magistrates in Mombasa.
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The chief magistrate also decried the high number of extension of arrest warrants against persons who had failed to avail themselves in court.
“This people and their sureties are somewhere out there watching you renew extension of their warrants,” said Magistrate Shitubi.
A spot check in the court also revealed that many cases were being postponed as the new magistrate requested for more time to either familiarize themselves with the case while others were also requesting to start matters a fresh.
This is what happened in the case involving nine foreign nationals who were facing charges of possession of heroin worth KES 1.2 billion, in which parties involved want the case to start a fresh following the transfer of the magistrate who was handling the case.
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