Kericho High Court Presiding Judge Asenath Ongeri has urged Kenyans to embrace alternative conflict resolution methods to reduce backlog of court cases.
Judge Ongeri said that the adoption of the Court Annexed Mediation (CAM) dispute resolution process would help reduce backlog of cases in courts. “If civil cases are resolved in our courts as before, one party is lwas best for resolution of civil cases, as both parties would be satisfied with the judgment.
She further noted that this method was socially and culturally accepted compared to taking the dispute to courts.
The judge who was speaking during the launch of CAM at the Bomet Law Court, said individuals of good repute are trained to head mediation process while the public is sensitised on the method.
So far, 24 counties have been sensitised and have even launched the dispute resolution process. Bomet Presiding Judge Lady Justice Roselyn Korir said other professions such as the clergy are welcome to be trained as mediators in the CAM method of dispute resolution.
Alternative dispute resolution has also been applied in cases of corruption specifically where culprits are willing to voluntarily return public asset they acquired illegally.