In Summary
  • A number of judicial staff at the Kisumu Law Courts revealed that the facility has run out of sugar and milk.
  • Judicial staff, lawyers and even convicts are now raising serious concerns about the crisis has delated hearings and appeals.
  • In an interview with the Nation, Mr Bruce Odeny, Western Region's Chairman of the Law Society of Kenya, termed the situation dire and alarming.

From lack of basic stationery to power outages, courts operations in Nyanza continue to be hampered as the reality of budget cuts dawns on the Judiciary.

A number of judicial staff at the Kisumu Law Courts revealed that the facility has run out of sugar and milk.

They are to look for other alternatives or operate without the tea they are accustomed to.

CONCERN

Judicial staff, lawyers and even convicts are now raising serious concerns about the crisis has delated hearings and appeals.

Last week, against the norm, the case list which is usually typed, printed and pinned on notice boards was written on foolscaps, which were later photocopied and distributed to all the boards.

Court users were seen struggling to read the lists due to illegibility of some writings.

It has now emerged that lack of photocopying paper and other essential stationery is delaying court proceedings and subsequent delivery of verdicts.

ALARMING

In an interview with the Nation, Mr Bruce Odeny, Western Region's Chairman of the Law Society of Kenya, termed the situation dire and alarming.

"Lawyers and parties involved in cases rely on typed proceedings to lodge appeals. The situation is worrying because there are timelines within which an appeal should be filed. With lack of proceedings, there is a delay," said Mr Odeny.

By the end of last Friday, a number of lawyers were yet to receive copies of typed proceedings in some of the cases that have been concluded in court.

"Several appeals could be trashed on grounds of technicality if they are filed outside the stipulated time because of the delays," said Mr Odeny.

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