CJ Maraga says E-Filing system the way to go

Chief Justice David Maraga has strongly lauded the online case filing system (e-filing) in the country.

Speaking in Nakuru on Friday during the official opening of the new established Nakuru Law Courts Building, Maraga noted that though there are challenges among them funding the system is the way to go.

He added that the e-filing system will aid in Judiciary’s quest for modernization in a bid to enhance efficiency in service delivery.

“The e-filing systems is doing well except for few challenges which are being addressed. This is the way to go and as Judiciary we are not going back’ said Maraga.

Maraga who is also the President of the Supreme Court reiterated that an electronic file is the way to go to address loss of files, exhibits, and documents from the file.

He narrated how two years ago there was a case file where a judgment had been entered for more than a billion shillings and that judgment went missing and the lawyers documents also went missing.

The CJ revealing that fortunately the judge handling had typed the information in a computer and that saved the situation leading to prosecution process.

While lauding the Law Society of Kenya for supporting the reforms in the Judiciary, Maraga urged Kenyans to embrace technology at hand.

The e-filing system which was launched on July 1 seeks to increase efficiency in handling of cases.

The Magnificent Nakuru Law Courts Building will host among others the office of ODP, Prison, probation and police.

The building has 8 courtrooms and 12 chambers, Advocates Lounge, Magistrate and Judges Lounge.

The CJ however stating that, “We should seek sufficient funds towards housing with features safeguarding dignity of the police and prison cells and in future ensure there is also a lactating room for our young mothers.

“We want to encourage Ministry of health appeal for mothers to breastfeed under dignified place” he said.

The new Nakuru Law Courts building is one of the World Bank funded projects across the country through the Judiciary performance improvement project which  has continued to improve courts Infrastructure across the country.

The Supreme Court President also revealing that there will be a High Court in each of the 47 counties with only Samburu,Wajir and Elgeyo Marakwet being the only counties no High court stations but plans are underway.

In addition, all the 290 sub counties will each have a Magistrate’s court.

The official opening of the new established Nakuru Law Courts building was also attended by Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, Nominated MP Gideon Keter, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi, Nakuru High Court Presiding Judge  Prof.Joel Ngugi, Riftvalley LSK members led by President Ochang’ Achigo,Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui,Judiciary  among others.

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