In Summary
  • Having an innocent person with unproven allegations hanging over his or her head for years is a horrible injustice.
  • A speedy determination of cases ensures that the innocent can quickly resume their normal lives, as the guilty are punished.

Chief Justice David Maraga’s most enduring pledge has been to reduce the large number of pending court cases, which make a mockery of delivery of justice.

As the old adage goes, justice delayed is justice denied. Having an innocent person with unproven allegations hanging over his or her head for years is a horrible injustice, as the suspect’s life is literally thrown in limbo over that period.

A speedy determination of cases ensures that the innocent can quickly resume their normal lives, as the guilty are punished.

On taking office several years ago, CJ Maraga promised to prioritise the clearing of the huge backlog of cases, giving hope to many people who had waited for long periods to have their cases heard and determined.

PROGRESS

Today, the CJ is upbeat that progress has been made.

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