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Judiciary seeks quicker dispensation of justice

24 June 2014, 13:07

Nairobi - Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has gazetted a taskforce mandated to look into past sentencing patterns in order to improve dispensation of justice.

The taskforce, chaired by High Court Judge Justice Mbogholi Masagha, has been tasked to review the past sentencing patterns, policies and outcomes and recommend ways of reducing unwarranted disparity, increase certainty and uniformity and promote proportionality in sentencing.

According to a statement from the Supreme Court of Kenya, the taskforce is expected to come up with a plan for suggested interventions that would include educating and engaging members of public and other stakeholders on the sentencing system and its effectiveness.

“The Secretariat of the Taskforce shall be based at the Judiciary Training Institute. The taskforce’s chairperson is High Court judge Justice Mbogholi Msagha while Dr Sarah Kinyanjui of the University of Nairobi, Mombasa Campus, will serve as the Vice –Chairperson,” stated the Supreme Court statement.

This comes a day after Kituo cha Sheria, a non-govermental organisation, announced its preparation of a proposal that could see inmates sentenced to life imprisonment serve only a part of such sentences behind bars.

The proposal, if accepted, could see inmates being released into the society, but undergo constant monitoring by concerned authorities. Coupled with the taskforce on sentencing patterns, prisoners could be looking at a more lenient judicial system.

 - CAJ News

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