One of the most significant criminal justice forums taking place in Kenya in 2019 is the National Conference on Criminal Justice Reform (NCCJR).

The conference goal is to improve the collective response of Kenya’s criminal justice system to the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cases. Taking place in Naivasha on 13-16 November 2019, it is bringing criminal justice actors together under the NCAJ banner, specifically the National Committee on Criminal Reforms chaired by High Court Judge Lady Justice Grace Ngenye.

The conference also seeks to strengthen oversight mechanisms and ensure the continuity of interventions by involving representatives of the fourth estate – the media – as well as civil society organizations. Approximately 250 participants are expected at the conference which is supported by the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime through the Programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery in Kenya (PLEAD).

A communique is due to be issued summarizing the outcomes.

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The main participating institutions alongside NCAJ are:

  • Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
  • Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

The key expected outcomes are:

  • Consensus on policy direction to reduce overcrowding in places of detention, paving the way for a sector-wide national strategy and action plan
  • Enhanced accountability and coordination between criminal justice institutions in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of criminal matters.