By Robert Nyasato
In a petition to Chief Justice, Willy Mutunga, and copied to resident judges, the local chapter of the Kenya Law Society (LSK) said no advocate within Kisii and from other branches will be allowed to appear or prosecute any matter before any of the two judges.
The petition signed by LSK, Kisii Chapter, Chairman Momanyi Aunga said that Justices Ruth Sitati and Korir Lagat were overwhelmed with over 3,000 cases pending trial and over 400 rulings pending some dating back to August, last year.
According to the lawyers, Nakuru High Court is smaller but four judges were posted there and they are now questioning the criteria used in deploying them if the not the case backlog.
The Kisii High Court covers vast jurisdiction from Kisii, Migori, Homa Bay and Nyamira counties and parts of Narok.
The lawyers are also claiming the gender balance rule has not been adhered in the administration of justice because all the four judicial officers of the court are women, citing Justices Sitati, Lagat, Chief Magistrate Ann Ong’icho and Deputy Registrar Lucy Kaithanyi.
Three female judges were posted when Justice Daniel Musinga and Justice Asike Makhandia were transferred, but only two reported.