By Gusii star team.
Kisii 2 October 2020 ……………Kenyans have been urged to embrace the alternative Justice system which will help in solving disputes instead of going to courts and overloading them .
Speaking after he launched Etago Magistrates court in Kisii county , Chief Justice Maraga noted the alternative system is better for families, adding it will maintain cordial relations among the members even after the matter is resolved.
The CJ stressed there is no reason why succession cases should end up in court since in most cases the matters of succession can took two to ten years to be finalized in court, adding that its is necessary for parties to agree and only go to court to seek orders to sub divide their land among the children.
He said the Judiciary is rolling out Small Claims Courts where matters involving disputes of a value not exceeding Ksh. 1 million will be determined.
He urged the local community, the county government and other justice stakeholders to ensure the setting up of the court is smooth, adding it will save locals money traveling to far flung courts to seek justice.
He said the Judiciary has another 16 magistrates courts and four High Court stations- in Isiolo, Kwale, Vihiga and Nandi and the Magistrates courts in Ol-Kalou, Madiany, Zombe, Port Victoria, Borabu, Kendu Bay, Wamunyu, Malaba, Matiliku, Usigu, Kasarani, Masinga, Manga, Tinderet, Kenol and Rumuruti.
The CJ said the Judiciary wants to have a high court in each County and a Magistrates’ court in each of the 290 constituencies, adding the country has 43 high courts and 128 magistrates Court.
Kisii Governor James Ongwae urged the Judiciary to set up a Municipal court and construct a court of Appeal in the county, adding the county government has provided land.
others who were in the function include Kisii Deputy Governor , Joash Maangi, area Mp, Silvanus Osoro, Chief Registrar, Anne Amadi and Presiding Judge, Rose Ougo and South West Branch LSK chairman, Wilkins Ochoki and County Assembly Speaker, david Kombo said and the Head of the new court Senior Resident Magistrate, Paul Wechuli .