Judiciary to Set Up Claims Court in Eldoret

By Shalodi Chebet

The Judiciary will this month commission the first ever small claims court in Eldoret.
The court which will help in boosting access to justice and expeditious determination of commercial disputes,whose value is below Sh.1million will be established in Eldoret by Chief Justice Martha Koome on February 21.

Eldoret judge Reuben Nyakundi has told court users in the region to be ready to receive and embrace the court which has already been gazetted to start serving residents of Uasin Gishu county and its environs.

Justice Nyakundi said that if all stakeholders will embrace the court established under the small claims act of 2016,it will help in reducing the blacklog of cases resolving around monetary claims below Sh.1million.

Justice Nyakundi said laxity among key stakeholders has contributed to the blacklog of cases in the country.He said delay of cases in courts has also contributed to poverty among Kenyans.”If each stakeholder will play his role effectively we are going to significantly reduce the blacklog of cases in this country especially if we are all going to embrace small claims court s,”said Justice Nyakundi.

Eldoret business community leader Joseph Wainaina hailed the move noting that it will help in reducing debt conflicts among average Kenyans.

“Establishment of this court is a noble thing which will highly contribute in reduction of cases where Kenyans kill each other due to small debts ranging from Sh.10.For now such Kenyans will seek legal help since this court is free and parties involved are not represented by lawyers”,said Mr.Wainaina.

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