Chief Justice Martha Koome Assumes Office

The newly appointed Kenyan Chief Justice on Monday took the office, two days after she was sworn in.

The ceremony of assumption of office was held at the Supreme Court in Nairobi.

During the ceremony she was handed the instruments of power by Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu. The instruments included Constitution of Kenya (2010), Judiciary emblem and a status report on initiatives by the judiciary.

Martha Koome
Martha Koome

Lady Koome committed to safeguard the Judiciary’s independence and ensure every Kenya can access justice. She also vow to have the cases dispensed within three years in a bid to lessen case backlog.

“We are still grappling with high levels of case backlogs despite the efforts of the last 10 years. CJ emeritus David Maraga’s tenure focused on all courts concluding cases that were five years old and above, we will continue that trajectory and ensure that at any given time no case shall be in the justice system for longer than three years,” said Lady Koome.

The former Court of Appeal judge further promised to encourage use of technology to ensure efficient delivery of justice.

“When COVID-19 paralyzed judicial activities across the country it became necessary to expedite the use of technology and we will continue to mainstream its use in our work, starting with expansion of electronic filing system and other ICT initiatives,” she reiterated.

The ceremony was also attended by Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki, emeritus Chief Justice and judges, among other officials.

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