The Judicial service commission (JSC) officials have revealed two Law courts will be set up in West Pokot County. Speaking in Kapenguria during a visit to West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo, Justice Aggrey Muchelule said the JSC will construct one court at Sigor in Pokot Central and another in Alale in Pokot North Sub Counties on the land donated by the County government.
Muchelule said this will go a long way to ensuring judicial services are brought closer to the people in the vast West Pokot County who’ve been handling their cases at Kapenguria Law court for the services.
He said the setting up of courts is in line with the new constitution which calls for access to justice in the marginalized areas, unlike it was the norm in the past. He highlighted the County government’s role in availing the required land and the required title deeds.
The High Court judge revealed the judiciary is setting up a modern law court in Kapenguria, which costs Kshs 400 million, adding that it’s their desire to ensure there is a High Court in every County, “The Judiciary is committed to ensuring there is at least one High Court established in every County and courts in the Sub Counties to ensure Kenyans access judicial services,” he said.
Moreover, he said after the construction is completed, the JSC will post a judge who will be specifically dealing with cases of land and environment.
Governor Lonyangapuo lauded the move which ensures areas which have been marginalized easily avail judicial services, “The County is too big and somebody coming from Alale or Sigor, about 160 kilometres away from Kapenguria, would have to spend not less than Kshs 2,000,” said Lonyangapuo.