NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is considering implementing a
new code of judicial conduct and ethics in order to boost access
to justice, a senior government official said on Monday.
Chief Justice David Maraga told journalists in Nairobi that once
fully implemented, the code will ensure accelerated judicial
services to Kenyans.
"The judicial code of conduct and ethics is awaiting approval
by the National Assembly and has been prioritized by all arms of
government," Maraga said.
He said that the code will help Kenya clear backlogs of cases
before the courts, enhance service delivery by leveraging on
technology, embrace on alternative forms of justice, and
entrench ethic and integrity in the judicial institutions.
He revealed that the code will require judicial officers to
maintain independence, impartiality, professionalism and
objectivity in the discharge of their duties.
Maraga observed that in order to promote justice, judicial
officers will not be allowed to hear a case in which they have
an interest or are reasonably perceived to be partial.
"In those kind of circumstances, judges and magistrates will
be expected to recuse themselves, but recusal cannot be used as
an excuse for avoiding your judicial duties," he added.
Maraga, who is also the president of Supreme Court of Kenya,
said that in the cases of criminal cases, the judiciary plans to
fully implement bond and sentence policies.
"The reason why the bond regulations were developed is
because of great disparities which gave the impression of
corruption or incompetence.
"The bond terms and severity of sentence should be
commensurate with the offense," he added.