CJ Koome Approves Renaming Of SGBV Court To The Gender Justice Court

Written by on May 24, 2024

Chief Justice Martha Koome has endorsed recommendations by a Judiciary Committee to rename the Specialised Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) court to the Gender Justice Court.

Speaking at a meeting to validate Case Types and Practice Directions for the SGBV Court on Thursday, CJ Koome said this will promote a survivor-centered approach and place the rights, needs, safety, dignity and well-being of survivors at the center of it all.

“The overarching aim is to have specialised courts designed to address cases of SGBV efficiently and sensitively,” she stated.

“These courts are a response to the pressing need for a justice system that is informed by the traumatic impacts of SGBV and prioritizes the safety, dignity and rights of survivors.”

CJ Koome said the Judiciary aims to equip the 12 gazetted Gender Justice Courts countrywide with facilities that ensure the comfort and safety of survivors.

“The Judiciary is committed to facilitating access to comprehensive support services for survivors, including legal aid, counselling, medical care, and social support. These services are crucial for helping survivors recover while they navigate the legal process,” she emphasised.

The CJ said that magistrates and court staff will receive specialised training covering legal aspect, sensitivity in handling survivors, understanding the dynamics of abuse and the importance of a supportive court environment.

The committee, which was chaired by High Court registrar Clara Otieno-Omondi, recommended changing the court’s name to ‘Mahakama ya Haki ya Kijinsia.’

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