1.The application coming for consideration in this ruling is dated 15/12/2022 brought under Sections 1A, 1B and 3A of the Civil Procedure Act, Order 42, Rule 6, Order 50 Rule 6, Order 51, Rule 1 of the Civil Procedure Rules and all other enabling provisions seeking for the following orders;i.That this application be certified urgent, service of the same be dispensed with and it be heard ex-pare in the first instance owing to its urgency.(SPENT)ii.That the honourable court be pleased to grant leave to file an appeal out of time against the whole judgment and decree issued by Justice J K Sergon on June 17, 22.iii.That the notice of appeal filed and request for proceedings annexed in this application be deemed to be properly filed upon grant of leave.iv.That this court be pleased to order stay of execution of the judgment and/or decree resulting from the decision of Justice J K Sergon on June 17, 22 pending the hearing and determination of this application.v.That this court be pleased to order stay of execution of the judgment and/or decree resulting from the decision of Justice J K Sergon on June 17, 22 pending the hearing and final determination of the intended appeal.vi.That this honourable court be pleased to make such further orders to meet the end of justice.vii.That costs of this application be in the intended appeal.
2.The application is supported by the affidavit of Donald B. Kipkorir sworn on December 15, 2022 that impugned judgment was delivered on17th June in the absence of the parties and further that the appeal has high chances of succeeding as the Applicant has an arguable appeal.
3.The Applicant also deposed that he is ready to deposit security for costs.
4.The respondents opposed the application by the replying affidavit sworn by Joseph Christoper Warui on March 72023 in which he deposed that it is not true that the judgment was delivered in the absence of the parties and that the current Application is made in bad faith and meant to frustrate the process of execution.
5.The parties filed written submissions which I have duly considered. I find that the record cearly shows that the Applicant was not present when the Judgment was delivered on June 17, 2022.
6.The issues for determination are as follows;i.Whether the applicant should be granted leave to appeal out of time.ii.Whether stay of execution should be granted pending appeal.
7.On the issue as to whether the Applicant should be granted leave to file the appeal out of time, the conditions for grant of leave to appeal out of time are contained in Section 79G of the Civil Procedure Act which provides as follows;
8.I find that the applicant did not know when the judgment was delivered.
9.I grant him an opportunity to exercise his right of appeal.On the issue as to whether stay should be granted pending appeal, the governing provision is Order 42 Rule six which states as follows;
10.The duty of this court is to balance the interests of the parties. The applicant is entitled to exercise his right of appeal while the respondent has a right to enjoy the fruit of his judgment.
11.I allow the application dated December 15, 2022 on the following terms;i.That the notice of appeal be filed within 30 days of this date.ii.That stay of execution is granted on condition that the decretal sum is deposited in court within 45 days of this date.iii.The costs of the application to abide the appeal.