IEA Holds Pre-Budget Hearings FY 2020/21 - The Judiciary
Post Date: 05 February 2020 | Category: General | Hits: 1125
In the past, our pre-budget hearings have mainly focused on funding key departments representative of the social and corporate sectors under the Executive. Beginning this year, we have expanded the scope to include Judiciary’s budget proposals, inrecognition of the significance of adequate funding in ensuring the independence and effectiveness of the Court System.
The Pre-budget hearings FY 2020/21 for the Judiciary was held on Wednesday, 5th February 2020 at the Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi. The event was graced by Mrs. Anne Amadi, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary who gave the key note address.
Speaking during the forum, Mrs. Anne Amadi reiterated that “Failing to fund the Judiciary affects other agencies that are in the justice sector, the judiciary has a huge pending bill to pay the lawyers, meanwhile people are rotting in jail as a result of this”. She further stated that persistent delay in disbursement of funds from the exchequer was hurting service delivery in the judiciary.
The Judiciary’s budget should be increased to facilitate the arm of government to construct more satellite courts as well as hire more people to serve in such courts, Said Mrs. Amadi.
Budgetary cuts were slowing down the upgrading of Judiciary digitization plans which has in turn increased the number of pending cases, said Mr. Collins Odhiambo, Advocate and Deputy Secretary at the Law Society of Kenya.
The judiciary must work on its public perception as this will enhance and strengthen how the public views its performance. Also, the judiciary must fight for the implementation of the Judiciary Fund Act, Said Mr. Silas Kamanza, Programme Officer, ICJ-Kenya. There’s also need to train judicial officers on accountability jurisprudence.
The Institute of Economic Affairs, Chief Executive officer, Mr. Kwame Owino said that budget allocations to the judiciary should be based on needs and not arbitrary recommended formulas.