Remarks by Ms. Anne Amadi, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary at the Launch of Kenya Law Brand, the Kenya Gazette Database and New Website.
May 6, 2014
30th April 2014
Chief Justice’s Gardens, Supreme Court Buildings, Nairobi
Chief Guest, the Hon. Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court/ Chairman of the National Council, Dr. Willy Mutunga
The Hon. Attorney General, Prof Githu Muigai
Hon Judges of the Supreme Court
Hon Judges of the Court of Appeal/ High Court
Hon Members of the Council for Law Reporting
Mr Mamodou Betteye, MD, Africa Regional Office Rockefeller Foundation
CEO’S of State Corporations present
Chairs of Commissions
Hon Registrars of the various courts
Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a pleasure to welcome you here today.
The presentation we have just seen is testament to the innovativeness and creativity of the Judiciary. There could not be a better example in the Public service of how information can be harnessed to ensure maximum benefit to the most number of people. The website of the National Council for Law Reporting has over the years distinguished itself as a source for accessible, timely and reliable legal information.
Case law and judgments, County Laws, the online edition of the Kenya Gazette, Laws of Kenya, East African Legislation, Treaties (that Kenya has ratified) research publications; these are some of the resources to be found on the Council’s website. Indeed, kenyalaw.org is where legal information is public knowledge.
In the past year, the National Council for Law reporting has revamped and optimized the website in order to ensure ease of access and navigability of the website while at the same time ensuring an informative experience for its users. This together with the move towards the use of simple language means that the information that is contained in the website is both accessible and understandable.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Council recognizes the importance of providing a website that is accessible to the largest possible audience. As such every effort has been made to ensure that all users, including those with disabilities, can use the site easily. In addition, I am pleased to note that the Council has also developed various applications, in partnership with Samsung and Strathmore Universities iLab Africa, that will further ensure that the information that is on this website is accessible via smart phones and tablets. As you may all be aware Africa is one of the worlds fastest growing markets for mobile phones and it is only proper that we maximize the full potential of these gadgets. The information that is available on this platform includes the Constitution of Kenya, selected statutes of public interest, case search and the cause list.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
A key result area in the Judiciary Transformation Framework is “Harnessing Technology as an Enabler of Justice”. The Judiciary and indeed the National Council for Law Reporting, believe that ICT has enormous potential to improve the administration of justice as a cross-cutting imperative for the pillars of transformation.
Properly harnessed and deployed, ICT can facilitate not only speedier trials but also enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative processes through resources such as the Kenya Law website
I would like to take this opportunity, to thank the management and staff of the National Council for Law Reporting for their continued dedication to making Legal information publicly accessible. You have used ICT and Innovation as enablers of service provision and accessibility to information and justice.
With those few remarks, it is my distinct pleasure to officially launch the upgraded website www.kenyalaw.org.
Ms. Anne Amadi
Chief Registrar of the Judiciary of Kenya.