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Chief Justice David Maraga has said the Judiciary still faces allegations of corruption with some being true while others are mere perceptions. Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of 42 resident magistrates at the Judiciary Training Institute in Nairobi yesterday, Maraga called on all judicial officers, especially magistrates, to shun corruption and deliver fair judgments.
He said the desire by some magistrates and judges to live beyond their financial capabilities has fueled corruption, urging them to live according to their means and serve with dignity and integrity.
“If you admire a lifestyle you cannot afford, it may tempt you to corrupt judgment. I urge you all to uphold integrity and be fair in your judgment,” he said. The CJ directed that all the cases currently pending at the courts be cleared within the next five years, saying he was working to make radical changes in the Judiciary’s operations.
Burden of justice He said Kenyans have high expectations on the Judiciary, therefore, the need for reforms to restore faith and confidence in the country’s legal systems. Judiciary Chief Registrar Ann Amadi said corruption is the leading form of misconduct affecting service-delivery in the courts.
She said 12 magistrates have been dismissed because of disciplinary cases while 13 others have been interdicted for gross misconduct. “Bribery is a leading form of misconduct among the judiciary and it is affecting service delivery.
Since 2015, we have dismissed 12 magistrates on account of indiscipline while 13 others have been interdicted for being involved in unprofessional conduct,” she said. Amadi urged legal officers to shun being compromised and bear the burden of justice to ensure the integrity of the Judiciary is maintained.