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|Case Number:||Miscellaneous Civil Application 384 of 2012|
|Parties:||T.M V M.C.O|
|Date Delivered:||16 Oct 2012|
|Court:||High Court at Nairobi (Milimani Law Courts)|
|Judge(s):||Mary Atieno Ang'awa|
|Citation:||T.M V M.C.OeKLR|
PROTECTION OF MINORS’ IDENTITY IN COURT PROCEEDINGS
Reported by Andrew Halonyere
Civil Practice and Procedure-transfer of suit – High Court’s power to transfer suit from one subordinate court to another – suit emanating from Children’s court – duty of the courts to anonymize cases concerning children – Civil Procedure Act (Cap 21) section 18(1)(b).
ULINZI WA UTAMBULISHO WA WATOTO KATIKA TARATIBU ZA MAHAKAMA
Imeripotiwa na Andrew Halonyere
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REPUBLIC OF KENYA
High Court at Nairobi (Nairobi Law Courts)
Miscellaneous Civil Application 384 of 2012
1. Civil Appeal
2. Subject of Magistrate court case
3. Application dated 27th June 2012
3.1 Application to transfer the chidrens court case
from Homa Bay Childrens Court to the
Nairobi Childrens Court.
4. Application opposed
4.1 The applicant is still married to the respondent.
4.2 Section 9(c) Civil Procedure Act, a matter
is filed where a person resides.
4.3 The applicant is resident of Homa Bay.
4.4 Childrens presence is not required.
5.2 The applicant is a businessperson and
children are in school in Nairobi.
6. Case Law:
7. Advocates :
i) M.M. Kinuthia instructed by M/s Kinuthia Kahindi & Co Advocates for applicant
ii) W.L. Khalwale holding brief for S. Nyauke instructed by M/s Nyauke & Co Advocates for respondent
IN THE OF CHILDREN ACT, 2001 OF THE LAWS OF KENYA
IN THE MATTER OF N.G, A.O & J.A (MINORS)
M. C.O.……………...............…...……… RESPONDENT
1. This matter emanates from the Childrens Court. In order to protect the identity of Children, their names should be concealed and the proceedings/pleadings should reflect their initials only. In this case NG, AO & JA (minor.)
2. The application before court seeks that a Childrens Court matter filed in Homa Bay be transferred to the Childrens Court at Nairobi.
3. The reasons for this is that the applicant, the defendant in the childrens case works for gain as a businesswoman in Nairobi. She alleges that it is her who maintains the three children in schools in Nairobi.
4. Her attendance to court cases at Homa Bay would see her close her business which would be detrimental to her. Her witnesses are also situated in Nairobi and it would be convenient to her to have the case heard in Nairobi.
5. The respondent/plaintiff should be able to attend court in Nairobi. He normally resides with his brother who also lives in Nairobi.
6. This application was opposed by the respondent on grounds that under Section 9(c) of the Civil Procedure Act, a suit is filed where a person resides. The applicant is still his wife and therefore a temporary resident of Homa Bay. The children’s presence to attend court is not required. He prayed that the application be dismissed.
7. Section 18(1)(b) of the Civil Procedure Act provides for powers by the High Court to transfer a suit from one court (subordinate) to another subordinate court for trial and or disposal.
8. In this application, the reasons raised by the applicant, a mother and businesswoman who relies on her means to allegedly support herself and her children in Nairobi, may have this means disrupted having to travel many miles to hear her matter.
9. For expediency, the hearing of the matter in Nairobi would be convenient to more persons including her witnesses and those of the respondent who reside in Nairobi.
10. I would in the circumstances allow the application as prayed.
11. The costs be in the main suit.
DATED THIS 16TH DAY OF OCTOBER 2012 AT NAIROBI
iii) M.M. Kinuthia instructed by M/s Kinuthia Kahindi & Co Advocates for applicant
iv) W.L. Khalwale holding brief for S. Nyauke instructed by M/s Nyauke & Co Advocates for respondent