High Court closed indefinitely

Recently Maraga made changes in the Judiciary, which affected dozens of Judges.

Over 200 lawyers on Monday staged demonstrations in Eldoret paralyzing activities in the town in a bid to push Judicial Service Commission to deploy more court officers to the station.

Led by North Rift Law Society of Kenya (LSK) chapter chairman Zephaniah Yego, the demonstrators accused JSC and Chief Justice David Maraga of failing to address the crisis.

They said three judges who had been handling cases at the High Court were transferred two months ago and their replacement has been delayed.

“Over 4,000 cases are pending in courts in this town due to lack of judges and magistrates. Many Kenyans are denied justice due to this delay,” said Mr Yego

He called on CJ Maraga to post new judges to the station immediately failure to which they will continue with the boycott and demonstrations.

The magistrate court in Eldoret used to have 12 magistrates but half of them were transferred.

“It has become habit to transfer judges and magistrates from this region without replacements. This habit must stop," said the local LSK chairman.

According to LSK, the area needs more than five judges and 15 magistrates to manage the backlog.

Mr Yego mentioned that Eldoret has the second highest number of pending cases after Nairobi.


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