Court Reporting: How to use the Cause List to identify Cases for Reporting

As a journalist you do not have to depend on other media’s news, on tips or on hearsay when you want to find court cases that are worth reporting on. Try the cause lists first. They are the schedule of cases to be heard by a court in the near future. By using the cause list you can be the creator of an exclusive report, you start digging it out yourself instead of rechewing what is in the news anyway.

The cause lists contain information such as the court station, the court number, the name of the judges or magistrate and the quorum (where applicable), the time of mention or hearing, the names of the parties and the advocates and firms representing them. Continue reading “Court Reporting: How to use the Cause List to identify Cases for Reporting”

Court Reporting

The judiciary is the battlefield for conflicts about laws, which makes court cases an important topic for media. Our ever growing section on court reporting should help journalists, even newcomers, to set out into this field. Continue reading “Court Reporting”

Why Court Sessions make News

People like to hear and read about conflict. It’s always about one person against another: husband against wife, president against opposition leader, tenant against landlord, revenue authority versus taxpayer, neighbour against neighbour, employee versus employer, gang A against gang B, police against suspect, etc.
There are a myriad causes and characteristics of conflict, and many end up in court. Just look at the cause lists on (ext. link). A conflict will always be present in a court case – even if the proceedings remain orderly and quiet and do not entail shouting, an attack by the convicted against the magistrate like in a 2016 Nakuru case (ext. link),or even a suicide in the courtroom like the one of a Bosnian war criminal suspect at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague in November 2017 (ext. link).

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After the Election: Tranquillity through the Courts

What next after the Kenyan Presidential Election? This Interview with election law Expert Steve Ogolla was conducted after the election day, but before the declaration of results by the Election Commission IEBC.

RoGGKenya: Is it correct to postpone the election in Nyanza counties indefinitely, as of today, Saturday, Oct 28, 2017? Continue reading “After the Election: Tranquillity through the Courts”

Judicial Service Commission

This is what Art. 172 of the Constitution says about the Judicial Service Commission (The composition is provided for in Art. 171)

“Functions of the Judicial Service Commission.

172. (1) The Judicial Service Commission shall promote and facilitate the independence and accountability of the judiciary and the efficient, effective and transparent administration of justice and shall—
(a) recommend to the President persons for appointment as judges;
(b) review and make recommendations on the conditions of service of—
(i) judges and judicial officers, other than their remuneration; and
(ii) the staff of the Judiciary;
(c) appoint, receive complaints against, investigate and remove from office or otherwise discipline registrars, magistrates, other judicial officers and other staff of the Judiciary, in the manner prescribed by an Act of Parliament;
(d) prepare and implement programmes for the continuing education and training of judges and judicial officers; and
(e) advise the national government on improving the efficiency of the administration of justice.

(2) In the performance of its functions, the Commission shall be guided by the following
(a) competitiveness and transparent processes of appointment of judicial officers and other staff of the judiciary; and
(b) the promotion of gender equality.”

For legel details on how the Commission should work see the Judicial Service Act, 2011

Search the constitution file for the keyword “judicial service commission” to find out more constitutional provisions concerning the commission.

The JSC is one of the independent constitutional commissions. These common rules apply.

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