Legal Proceedings and operations at Kericho Law Courts resumed on Monday after the Judiciary ordered reopening following a month long shut down.
The Kericho Court Users Committee (CUC) members halted operations at the Kericho Law Courts on the August 2, 2021 due to what they said was lack of proper designated premises to carry out its work and for lack of funds to meet the costs of paying rent on a hired private premise at Corner C building.
In a letter to LSK Secretary Mercy Wambua, Chief Justice Martha Koome has elaborated that the process of procuring a new premise for Kericho Law Courts is ongoing.
“We are bound to follow the Public Procumbent Process as envisioned in the Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Act 2015” said Koome
Koome has assured that the process is at an advanced stage and on course to address the challenge.
This as the Kericho Law Society of Kenya Council member Benard Ngetich and Kericho Branch LSK Vice President Dorris Ngeno lamented that the Kericho Law Court Registry is still operating at the condemned building which is 3 Kilometers from Corner C building where court cases are currently being conducted.
“The registry for High Court, Environment, Labor Relations, Land and Employment courts are still at the condemned building which is a bit far from where the cases are being conducted and it’s inconveniencing and risky for the users since the building is not safe.” said Ngeno.
The National Building Institute (NBI) on March 5th this year declared the Kericho Law Courts building not safe for human habitation due to structural defects.
Since then, the court proceedings have been on-going at a hired private building (Corner C) which the CUC members say is not conducive as it does not provide enough space to carry out judicial proceedings during this Covid-19 season that requires social distance.