26 April 2014

Kenya: Judiciary Asks Counties to Help Get Land for Courts

THE Chief Registrar of the High Court Anne Amadi wants all county governments to help secure land to build law courts. Amadi said the Judiciary is yet to acquire title deeds for land on which law courts have been built in various urban centres countrywide.

"We get funding from external sources for purposes of putting up buildings to house law courts on condition that we have title deeds for the premises but we have lost out in the past owing to lack of titles. This is the reason we need to engage with the county governments to secure these parcels now," Amadi said.

Speaking at the Bungoma county headquarters when she paid a courtesy call on Deputy Governor Hillary Chongwony yesterday, the Chief Registrar said the judiciary had acquired funds to expand law courts in Kimilili and Webuye.

She was with Bungoma senior principal magistrate Stephen Mogute, principal magistrate Peter Areri, Nairobi chief registrar Rahab Gitau, her deputy Barbara Ojoo and OCRJ Becky Cheloti.

Amadi said since judicial functions are never devolved, county governments should collaborate with the judiciary especially when executing their legislative role on regulation of enforcement.

Chongwony, who was accompanied by the governor's Legal Advisor Bulimo Kapten, said representatives of county governments should be included in the Courts Users Committees to coordinate collaborative ventures.


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