The Judiciary will set specific dates to hear cases involving children Chief Justice Martha Koome has said.
She said this today when receiving a progress report on ongoing reforms in child justice.
She said other areas of focus will include decongesting remand homes, and countrywide training for Judicial Officers on the Children Act.
She continued to say the judiciary is pursuing full implementation of the Children Act 2022, to ensure courts operate in the best interest of children who are in conflict and contact with the law.
She said heads of stations will also be required to pay visits to institutions where children are held within their jurisdictions every month.
The progress report was presented by Chairperson of the National Council on the Administration of Justice Special Taskforce on Children Matters, Teresia Matheka and Child Justice Advisor in the Office of the Chief Justice, Juliet Gachanja.
With these reforms, she said children in conflict with the law or who are victims of crime will be able to access comprehensive care services including psychosocial support and legal aid
In 2021, the chief justice launched Children’s Service Month with an aim of to show commitment by the Judiciary and actors in the justice sector to improve responsiveness to children’s matters.