Chief Justice Koome orders courts to resume physical sessions
The Judiciary has officially resumed physical hearings in all courts countrywide in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines to ensure Kenyans access to justice.
In a statement, Chief Justice Martha Koome directed all courts to be reopened for physical court attendance.
She instructed all judges, magistrates, Kadhis and Tribunals to ensure that ministry of health guidelines are adhered to during physical sessions to combat the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
Justice Koome gave the directive following the lifting of curfew orders by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Mashujaa Day at Wang’uru Stadium in Kirinyaga county on October 20.
“In view of the lifting of curfew orders by the president, l hereby direct that all court, Kadhis and tribunals will be conducted in public in line with lifting of curfew rules by the head of state,” she said.
The Judiciary last year suspended open court proceedings and adopted virtual hearings to curb the spread of the viral disease.
Koome however asked judicial officers to use technology whenever necessary in the course of their duties.