Bondo courts plan to hand over unclaimed assets – Kenya News Agency
Tens of millions of shillings in type of money bail, title deeds and log books deposited as surety and but to be collected from Bondo legislation courts years after conclusion of instances, could possibly be handed over to Unclaimed Monetary Property Authority (UFAA) by July this yr.
Bondo Senior Principal Justice of the Peace (SPM) John Nandi mentioned a few of the unclaimed paperwork and cash have been mendacity within the courtroom since 1995.
Talking throughout Bondo legislation courtroom open day occasion, Nandi disclosed that it has been troublesome for the courtroom to achieve the homeowners of the unclaimed belongings and could possibly be pressured to handover the belongings to UFAA by the tip of the monetary yr.
Nandi urged people or family members of people who had concluded instances to show up and declare their belongings saying they might be assisted even when they misplaced receipts.
“I do know the problem has been lack of awareness by members of the general public and that’s the reason as we speak we’re having open day to teach the plenty about what is going on within the courts. Some might have misplaced receipts or some might have died but when any of their family members present up, they might be assisted to assert no matter was deposited,” Nandi defined.
The SPM additional disclosed that Bondo legislation courts have adopted using know-how not solely to enhance service supply in courts but in addition to speak to their shoppers which might forestall future incidences of unclaimed belongings mendacity in courts for years after instances are concluded.
He mentioned that by using know-how, the accused doesn’t must be bodily current in courtroom to reply fees until when required including that the web platform permits the accused to submit paperwork with out having to journey to the courtroom in Bondo.
The Justice of the Peace alternatively disclosed that the adoption of Various Dispute Decision (ADR) mechanism has helped cut back backlog of instances in Bondo courts and improved effectivity.
He mentioned that as much as 30 per cent of instances in Bondo courts have been resolved by ADR during the last two years.
Space Assistant Deputy County Commissioner Mr Michael Too requested members of the general public to embrace the judicial system and shun the behavior of withdrawing instances in courtroom earlier than they’re concluded.
Too mentioned most Gender Based mostly Violence instances failed as a result of the victims don’t wish to proceed with the matter and generally don’t flip up in courtroom to provide proof, a difficulty he mentioned encourages perpetrators to commit crime.
The administrator requested the courtroom and the legal professionals providing authorized companies in Bondo city to take their companies to the folks within the villages and educate them throughout chief barazas concerning the companies they provide as an alternative of solely focusing in town facilities.
By Brian Ondeng