Judiciary to expand Small Claims Courts from October

CJ. Martha Koome

The Judiciary has announced plans to devolve Small Claims Courts to additional parts of Nairobi and other regions from October, Chief Justice Martha Koome has pledged.

The courts, according to the CJ, will simplify procedures, facilitate timely proceedings and harness fairness at reasonable fees.

“Operationalisation of the Small Claims Courts will enhance access to justice by expanding the reach of the formal justice system to areas un-served by the existing court system,” she said Wednesday after swearing-in two adjudicators of the court.

The swearing-in of Keyne Odiambo Gweno and Martin Njeru Mutua brings the number of adjudicators at the Milimani Small Claims Courts to five.

The Chief Justice said expansion of the courts will be key in bringing justice to more Kenyans and further reduce the backlog at the Chief Magistrates’ Commercial Court and Criminal Courts.