Justice System and Persons with Disabilities in Kenya Report

CJ Martha Koome speaking at a Online Conference
CJ Martha Koome speaking at a Online Conference

The Chief Justice, Martha Koome gave a speech to inform the participants about a vision she had to secure social transformation through the access to justice for all marginalized groups in the society. She stated that the 2010 constitution was all inclusive except the persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities. Her speech depicted how such individuals are faced with discrimination, stigma and charged with petty offenses such as loitering and indecent exposure and creating public nuisance. The justice system has not embraced enough accommodations for everybody in the society hence the judiciary to remove all impediments to justice.

In addition, the judiciary has committed to mainstream the concerns of persons with disabilities to ensure access to justice is fair, cost effective, efficient and judiciary staff are trained. The speech further highlighted the need to restructure the judiciary accordingly. The report being launched by the chief justice identified the barriers to access to justice to the persons with disabilities which all bordered on lack of sensitivity to their plight as society has allowed prejudices and stereotypes to run ahead of our commitment to justice and fairness.

All the concerns highlighted in this report are to be considered, addressed, brought to the attention of the institutions involved and a framework guiding the institutions under the National Council of Administration of Justice which is chaired by the chief justice and a framework to guide all actors on how to handle persons with disabilities when they come into contact with them.