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COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

Introduction
The JSC Committee on Administration of Justice was established to ensure efficient delivery of service by the judiciary and with an aim to eradicate all sorts of corruption from the judiciary as it carries out its mandate.

Authority & Responsibilities:

  1. Court administration and case management:
    The committee shall:
    i) Create and review from time to time a system to deal with case management in the judiciary in handling of court matters and deal with backlog.
    ii) Identify areas that require streamlining and come up with systems on how to employ best practices into the judiciary. iii) Establish a mechanism for receiving and synthesizing reports from the court users committee across the country to enable effective policy direction by the commission on judicial core functions.
    iv) Develop mentor-ship programmes for judges and magistrates.
    v) Set up forum under which the relevant stakeholders can review the bench book on magistrates continually as and when need arises.
    vi) From time and again re-evaluate the numbers of judicial staff and recommend to the Commission when need arises to hire additional staff. To organize continual joint-training to be held for the bar-bench aimed at improving case flow in courts
    viii) To put in place policies to interrogate performance indicators for setting up of courts, infrastructure master plans and projections.
    ix) To develop policies for criteria of posting of judicial officers and staff within the judiciary.
    x) To periodically ensure that a score sheet of the Magistrates judgements are collected and a framework within which their output can be measured through the quality of their judgements are done as control tool.
  2. Access to Justice
    The Committee shall:
    i) Keep the whole administrative justice system under review from time to time with focus on the needs of the people who use them.
    ii) Maximize customer satisfaction and access to justice by aiming at making the justice system fair, accessible and efficient.
    iii) Identify problems within the judicial system and work with stakeholders to ensure the judicial system works well for the people who use it.
  3. Promotion of Integrity:
    The Committee shall:
    i) Assess the effectiveness of the various Anti – Corruption measures that are being implemented by the judiciary.
    ii) Ensure the judiciary is in compliance with leadership, integrity and ethics requirements.
    iii) Identify the drivers and root cause of loss of integrity in the judiciary and map out with measures to curb the same.
    iv) Make a costed action plan for implementing the recommendations of the integrity surveys and visits.
    v) Oversee the implementation of the judiciary Anti – Corruption Strategy.
    vi) Raise public awareness on ethical issues and educate public on dangers of corruption and enlist and foster public support in combating corruption in the judiciary with due regard as to confidentiality.
    vii) Recommend to the Leadership Committee middle management and lower cadre staff to be honoured for exemplary performance in discharge of their duties with integrity.
    viii) Oversee implementation of the code of ethics among judicial officers.
    ix) Explore mechanisms and partnerships in view of engaging the public with the aim of eliminating corruption in the judiciary.
    x) Collect and document information on the status of integrity in the judiciary through field or thematic reports.
    xi) Sensitize on all Anti-Corruption measures being implemented by the sector and establish means through which the Public can access judiciary services.
    xii) Liaise with the human Resource committee in receiving, deliberating and giving directions/solutions complaints and compliments from the Public against judicial officers and judges.
  4. Public Affairs:
    The Committee shall:
    i) Ensure the judiciary’s voice is heard on key issues affecting public interest.
    ii) Get feedback from the Public on the performance, opportunities and challenges being faced by judiciary staff and Institution in the execution of their mandate.
    iii) Work in conjunction with the directorate of public affairs and communication judiciary to represent the judiciary when meeting with key individuals in government and other key stake holders.
    iv) Work in conjunction with the directorate of public affairs and communication judiciary and to act as media spokesman and liaisons for the judiciary in key areas of expertise or direct media to a judiciary member who holds expertise in the desired subject matter. v) Initiate and respond to opportunities for collaboration with external bodies engaged in public interest activities.
    vi) Propose position statements which have the potential to strengthen the judiciary public interest role or profile.
    vii) Sensitize the Public on the Mandate of commission; Operations of the commission in as far as the integrity of the judiciary is concern.