174 judicial staff sacked for gross misconduct in the last two years: Amadi

174 judicial staff sacked for gross misconduct in the last two years: Amadi

Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi has revealed that 174 judicial staff have been sacked since 2018 over misconduct.

According to her, records from the Judiciary’s human resource department and the Judicial Service Commission indicate that 30 were dismissed three years ago, 72 two years ago and 72 last year.

She said the Judiciary is concerned about the high number of staff engaging in malpractices resulting to such dismissals.

Speaking in Kisumu during the start of the 8th heads of stations forum, Amadi further noted that during the same period, 11 judicial officers were dismissed.

Amadi lamented that the sacked staff have left a big gap in the Judiciary leading to strained service delivery.

Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu urged heads of stations to ensure that ethics and discipline is maintained within the Judiciary.

“We continue to improve our systems to eliminate corrupt practices and the highest standards of integrity, transparency and accountability in the administration of justice. We have also significantly improved our levels of engagement with partners in the justice sector and responsiveness to the needs of our court users 8 through facilitating CUCs and addressing issues raised through court user satisfaction surveys,” she said.

“The value of supervision cannot be overstated. I dare say, on this one aspect, the leadership of the Judiciary, which includes yourselves, is at its weakest. And speaking for myself, I refuse to be found wanting for failure to supervise and therefore my visits to the stations shall continue no matter what discomfort they cause to some of us and I fail to understand the reason for that discomfort,” she added.

The Acting CJ further urged Judicial officers to be more innovative, agile, responsive and always ready to do the right thing ‘even when it may be inconvenient to do so, and even where doing the right thing may result in unfavorable consequences at a personal level.’