Kenyan law Courts Closed Over Covid-19 Outbreak

Kenya has temporarily shut down its Runyenjes law courts in the central region after eight staff members tested positive for the Covid-19.

Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu on Wednesday said the court premises would remain closed for the next seven days for disinfection and fumigation.

“Upon consultation with the Presiding Judge of the High Court at Embu, we have arrived at the considered decision to temporarily close Runyenjes Law Courts for a period of seven (7) days from today, Wednesday, April 14 2021,” said Philomena Mwilu.

All the courts’ urgent matters will be handled at nearby courts, Embu and Kerugoya Law Courts, said Justice Mwilu.

Those who contracted the virus will proceed to self-isolation for 14 days, and those who tested negative have been urged to go for more screening.

Eight cases were found from 18 people tested at the station.

Runyenje Law Courts join the list of courts that have been temporarily shut down in the past to avert the spread of the deadly disease in court stations.

On April 6, Karatina Law Courts from the same region were shut for ten days after one of the judiciary personnel tested positive for the virus. All staffers were urged to self-isolate.

The Family Division of the High Court situated at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi was also closed temporarily on March 11, 2021, after three staffers contracted the virus.

The staff members were directed to stay at home for one week.

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