Chief Justice David Maraga has cautioned new magistrates that adjournment of cases on flimsy grounds will no longer be tolerated.
Behaviour CJ Maraga will no longer tolerate in the judiciary
The Chief Justice was speaking at the Supreme Court
CJ Maraga was speaking at the Supreme Court on Monday where 47 magistrates took the oath office.
"Ensure that you effectively manage cases and matters that come to you. Endless adjournments of cases on frivolous grounds are the very reasons that we have cases that stay in our courts for years on end.
"The public are fed up with us on this. We cannot afford to have this continue," the chief justice stated.
Prepare well for cases
CJ Maraga advised the new magistrates not to cower into the demands of lawyers who continually ask the to recuse themselves.
"If you do not prepare well, there is a great probability that you will end up being taken in circles by lawyers and litigants. Adequate preparation enables you to take charge and control of matters before you.
"Effective case management will enable us to effectively and expeditiously deal with matters and thus reduce the staggering backlog of cases in our courts.
"In a nutshell, take full charge and be in control of the proceedings in your court," the CJ advised.
Last week CJ Maraga had accused the media of misreporting court cases causing the Judiciary to have a bad reputation.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, however, advised the CJ to learn how to live with it while executing the mandate of his office.
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