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The National Council for the Administration of Justice

The National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) was formally launched on 11 August 2011 established under Section 34 of the Judicial Service Act (No. 1 of 2011). It is a high-level policymaking, implementation and oversight coordinating mechanism as reflected in its membership that is composed of State and Non-State Actors from the justice sector. The mandate as stipulated in the Act is to ensure a coordinated, efficient, effective and consultative approach in the administration of justice and reform of the justice system.

Establishment and composition of the Council

There is established an unincorporated body to be known as the National Council on the Administration of Justice. The Council shall be composed of:-

  • The Commissioner of Prisons, or his or her representative appointed in writing;
  • The Chief Justice who shall be the Chairperson;
  • The Cabinet Secretary for the time being responsible for matters relating to the Judiciary, or his or her representative appointed in writing
  • The Attorney-General, or his or her representative appointed in writing;
  • The Director of Public Prosecutions, or his or her representative appointed in writing;
  • The person for the time being exercising command over the National Police Service, or his or her representative appointed in writing;
  • The Chairperson of the Law Society of Kenya, or his or her representative appointed in writing;
  • The Principal Secretary for the time being responsible for matters relating to the Cabinet and the public service, or his or her representative appointed in writing;
  • The Principal Secretary for the time being responsible for matters relating to gender, women and children’s’ affairs, or his or her representative appointed in writing;
  • The Principal Secretaries for the time being responsible for matters relating to labour, environment and land, or their representatives appointed in writing;
  • The Director of the Witness Protection Agency, or his or her representative appointed in writing;
  • The Director of Probation and After-care Services, or his or her representative appointed in writing;
  • A representative of an organization or association dealing with human rights issues and the provision of legal aid to children;
  • A representative of the private sector; and
  • A representative of Non-Governmental Organizations dealing with human rights issues and the provision of legal aid.
  • The Chief Registrar shall be the secretary to the Council.

Purpose and functions of the Council

It shall be the duty of the Council to ensure a coordinated, efficient, effective and consultative approach in the administration of justice and reform of the justice system

To achieve the objectives set, the Council shall:-

  • Formulate policies relating to the administration of justice;
  • Implement, monitor, evaluate and review strategies for the administration of justice;
  • Facilitate the establishment of court user committees at the county level; and
  • Mobilize resources for purposes of the efficient administration of justice

The Council shall:-

  • Liaise with the Council of the National Crime Research Centre in carrying out its mandate;
  • Review and implement the reports of the Court users committees; and
  • Oversee the operations of any other body engaged in administration of justice
  • Have all the necessary powers for the execution of its functions

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