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Shortage of prosecutors leads to deferment of cases

20 September 2013, 10:58 Wilshere

Nakuru - Nakuru lower courts have been hit by the shortage of prosecutors, head of the police prosecutors at the court, Stephen Wambua, has said.  

Wambua said that most of the cases are being deferred to due to the biting shortage of prosecutors.

He said that the prosecutors at the court are currently being overworked and most the cases delayed.

“We are currently forced to delay some cases since our number is small,” he said.   

While addressing the press in Nakuru on Friday, he said there are only seven prosecutors who are expected to serve 12 courts adding that the shortage will be even more acute since three more magistrates have be posted to Nakuru.

He said the judiciary has hired 100 new magistrates among other judicial officers and expanded the number of courts countrywide while their counterparts in the public prosecution remain unchanged.

Wambua said the recent establishment of mobile roadside courts to handle traffic offenders has compounded the shortage since some of the prosecutors have since been deployed to the mobile courts.

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