BY SAM ALFAN.
Chief Justice Martha Koome has lauded the Supreme Court for attaining a “very good” performance grade.
The CJ said that according to the Performance Management and Measurement Understanding (PMMUs) the National Court of Appeal – Civil Division was also ranked “Very Good”.
The CJ added that overall, 73 implementing units achieved “a very Good” performance while 151 were graded as “Good.”
“I hope that these top performers will serve as reference points to adopt best practices to be incorporated into our services regimen as we collectively strive to meet all our set targets ahead of the next evaluation,” said the CJ.
Speaking during the Judiciary Performance Management and Measurement Understanding (PMMUs), CJ said Judiciary is committed under the social Transformation through Access to Justice Vision for the Judiciary.
“It is our duty to ensure that litigants are not kept waiting unnecessarily long for their matters to be determined. The wheels of justice must not only be seen to turn but should be made to turn quickly to the satisfaction of all parties,” CJ said.
According to the CJ, PMMU Evaluation Report shows impressive achievements in several measures of court excellence and the overall case clearance rate now stands at 83%, productivity for Judges is at 299 cases per Judge for the High Court and 581 for Magistrates while the ELC reduced backlog by 16% in the 2020/21 evaluation period.
She added that the Judiciary’s overall score card was 89.81% which was a slight improvement from 89.81% recorded in the previous year and a total of 294,837 cases were resolved in the judiciary during the year.
Judiciary boss added that despite these achievements, more needs to be done and effective strategies implemented to clear the backlog which totaled 375,671 as of June 30 last year.
The CJ that accountability is one of the principles of the constitution and the fulcrum of the public service and all institutions including the Judiciary to ensure they remain accountable to the people as they discharge their different mandates.
“It is out of this realization that as a Judiciary we boldly ventured inti the realm of performance management implementation which, though a demanding affair enables us to focus on results as well as areas of improvement to ensure expeditious delivery of justice to the public,” CJ added.
CJ Koome thanked all the judges, judicial officers and staff for the continued commitment to the cause of justice and welfare of the people.
She also appreciated all Judiciary stakeholders and development partners for walking with the judiciary a turbulent pandemic period.