Chief Justice Martha Koome has urged new advocates to actively participate in enhancing access of justice especially to the less-privileged in the society.
While admitting 303 advocates to the bar, Koome intimated that the country has surpassed the 20,000-plus mark of the members of the Advocates admitted so far.
“My appeal to you is that you should join the movement of deepening access to justice.
We are establishing court stations throughout the country. Some counties located in marginalised areas don’t have a significant presence of advocates and are in need of your services,” she said.
She asked the advocates to build their careers by being involved in exciting initiatives within the justice sector.
Koome said the Judiciary is particularly keen to establish mechanisms of resolving commercial dispute resolution. She asked them to shun corruption.
“However, those advocates who do not abide by the professional standards and ethics are bound to stumble in their career journey given the cancer of corruption,” she said.
Koome has been adamant that the judiciary’s vision of social transformation through access to justice needs to be a reality if all Kenyans are to access justice.
The key enabler being top notch performance of the system of justice. The ceremony was held at the supreme court.
Deputy Chief Justice and Vice President of the Supreme Court, Philomena Mwilu, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi, among others, were in attendance.