Mu­mias courts warned against drag­ging cases

Chief Jus­tice tells mag­is­trates some cases are de­layed for more than five years

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western - SHABAN MAKOKHA @she­ba­maks

Chief Jus­tice David Maraga has cau­tioned mag­is­trates against drag­ging cases.

The Supreme Court boss said the ju­di­ciary will not al­low cases to run for more than a year.

He spoke yes­ter­day when he made an im­promptu visit to the Mu­mias law courts. The CJ said some cases have been run­ning for more than five years.

The CJ was on a tour of courts in West­ern. He also vis­ited Butere and Bun­goma.

In Mu­mias, Maraga was shown around the court com­pound be­fore he vis­ited the ju­ve­nile and adult cells.

He greeted sus­pects who were wait­ing for court pro­ceed­ings of their cases.

On court space, Maraga said most rooms are too small to ac­com­mo­date res­i­dents who wish to fol­low pro­ceed­ings con­cern­ing rel­a­tives or them­selves. “The ju­di­ciary will be work­ing to­wards ex­pand­ing the size of court­rooms, not only in Mu­mias, but across the coun­try,” Maraga said.

He said Mu­mias is a big town with a large pop­u­la­tion and re­quires a min­i­mum of three courts and four mag­is­trates.

The Supreme Court pres­i­dent asked Mu­mias se­nior prin­ci­pal mag­is­trate Teresa Odera to en­sure sep­a­ra­tion of adults and chil­dren in the cells.

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