Written by Mishi Ziro
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Activities at the Bungoma Law courts have slowed down due to lack of prosecutors, Deputy Registrar Atiang Mitullah has revealed.
The registrar, who is also the principal magistrate revealed that the shortage was occasioned by transfers yet no replacements made and also as a result of the then prosecutors going back to school to further their studies.
He noted that at the moment, there are only three prosecutors who have to attend to cases in the five courts a situation he said was a burden to the prosecutors due to the many cases they have to handle.
He noted with concern that the prosecutors have little time to go through all the files saying a minimum number of files in each court is ten.
Due to the large number of files, it is impossible for all the cases to be expedited forcing the prosecutors to seek for more time hence postponement of most cases thus delay in serving justice to all parties involved.
“This situation has brought a lot of confusion to the litigants as they are told that their cases would be held at a certain time only to find that there is no prosecutor in the court hence forced to wait for long and when mentioned they are just given another date,” he added.
The principal magistrate however said they have presented their complaints to the Judiciary’s head office but unfortunately, he said, they have no mandate since it’s the duty of the police to provide prosecutors.
This crisis was also experienced in the Sirisia court for the past two months which forced the process at the court to stop for a while but litigants in the area now have a reason to smile as anew prosecutor has been sent there since the beginning of this week.
There are a total of ten courts under the Bungoma high court - five in Bungoma, one in Sirisia, two in Kimilili and two in Webuye.
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