The Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board (JMVB) on Tuesday (6/8/16) presented President Uhuru Kenyatta with a report proposing the formation of an independent disciplinary tribunal, to provide effective access to justice and investment on human capital in the Judiciary.
Sharad Rao, JMVB chairman, said the proposed tribunal should exercise its mandate under the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
The tribunal should also comprise members from outside the Judiciary to avoid conflict of interest.
According to PSCU, the disciplinary tribunal would receive complaints from members of public on errant judicial officers and make recommendations for appropriate action.
Mr Rao stated that despite facing opposition from members of the Judiciary in the initial stages, their work has been appreciated as it has restored confidence to the Judiciary.
“A lot of confidence has been restored to the Judiciary as a result of the work of the board,” said Rao.
President Kenyatta agreed to the recommendation of the board to set up an independent tribunal to continue with the work it has been doing, saying the integrity of the Judiciary system underlines the foundation of the society.
The President applauded JMVB for keeping its credibility in exercising its mandate.
“You managed to do your job in conformity with your mandate, which is not common in Kenya. You sustained and kept your credibility and nobody has ever challenged your work,” the President said.
The Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board was created in 2011 as a result of the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Act, 2011.
It was initiated to probe the suitability of all judges and magistrates in office, prior to the promulgation of the new constitution of Kenya, to continue serving in accordance with the values and principles set out in Article 10 and 159 of the new constitution.