Judiciary to launch audit report on status of criminal justice in Kenya

Judiciary to launch audit report on status of criminal justice in Kenya

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Date: 19 January 2017 02:56

The Judiciary will release an audit report on the country’s criminal justice system on Friday.

Chief Justice David Maraga is set to preside over the launch of the audit which was conducted by the National Council on Administration of Justice (NCAJ).

NCAJ mainly focused on pre-trial detention and case flow management in the project which targeted 18 counties from May 15, 2015.

“The findings made by the audit will hopefully provide a comprehensive analysis of the criminal justice system towards providing recommendations to strengthen service delivery and legislative policy as well as practice reforms in Kenya,” said a statement from the Judiciary.

The audit report is set to reveal the specific time most arrests are effected by the police, how those arrested are released even before facing their trial in court and the situation of detention facilities countrywide.

The Judiciary has in the recent past held sessions aimed at clearing backlog of cases within the corridors of justice.

And in an effort to step up the fight with graft, the judiciary launched a new division of the High Court called the Anti-Corruption &Economic Crimes, to deal with such matters speedily.

The release of the report comes at a time when there is increased outcry on the slow pace the Judiciary takes to deliver justice.

Critics also say that the criminal justice system is clogged with less serious offences which largely contribute to the delay in administration of justice and congestion in places of detention.


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