Judiciary addresses backlog at Court of Appeal
27 June 2014, 12:06
Nairobi - The Judiciary has constituted a committee to conduct an audit and come up with ways of addressing the issue of backlogs affecting the Court of Appeal in Nairobi.
Court of Appeal Registrar, Moses Serem said the Court of Appeal Registry Restructuring Case Audit committee would undertake the physical stock of all pending appeals in Nairobi’s registries and make recommendations on how to clear the backlog.
He said that the committee would present the final report to the President of Court of Appeal Justice Paul Kariuki Kihara by 31 July and would implement the findings starting September this year.
The Committee comprises of Justices William Ouko – Chair, Gatembu Kairu and Agnes Murgor, as members.
Serem is also a member of the committee while Court of Appeal Deputy Registrar, Hellen Onkwani, would serve as secretary.
Serem said that the appellate courts were now dispensing more cases than before with a 100 percent rise in the disposal rate.
He added that the courts were disposing of an average one case each working day.
Last year the court received 1,183 new cases over and above the 6,174 already pending.
It resolved 1,032 cases resulting to an average four cases concluded each working day.
The court between January and June 2013, resolved a total of 812 cases compared to only 379 disposed of between June and December 2012.
Serem explained that this was due to decentralization of the Court of Appeal to other regions in the country, hiring of more appellate judges and increased public confidence in the Judiciary.
– CAJ News
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