The acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu has ordered that Milimani Law Court’s Family Division be closed for a period of one week after three staff tested positive for COVID-19.
The Acting CJ stated that the Family Division will be closed for a period of 7 days from Wednesday March 10, 2021 to allow the staffs to quarantine in line with Ministry of Health Covid-19 protocols.
Mwilu revealed that three staff members of Milimani Law Courts from family division of the court have contracted corona virus. She noted that one of the staff has been admitted to hospital.
“Due to the nature of the Division, there is a high volume of daily movement of files across the Division’s sections as well as within the building, court room and judges’ chambers. Due to this high level of movement of files and the extensive interaction of between staff, as well as between staff and our clients and court users, we are apprehensive of the potential for significant spread of the virus,” CJ Mwilu said.
According to her, there are a total of 53 staff and legal researchers, ten attached students, two judicial officers and four judges in the Family Division.
She cited a statement from Health CS Mutahi Kagwe which revealed that Kenya is experiencing the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Judiciary will not be spared the effects of this contagion. Our key imperative in the circumstances is the health and safety of all our staff, court users and their families. We are all aware of the exacting toll this pandemic and the measures to curb it are having on the justice system, court users and the wider society. However, I reiterate the statement by the Honourable Cabinet Secretary for Health that despite the toll and weariness, we must not let our guard down,” Mwilu added.
Mwilu also reminded Kenyans to adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines as stipulated by the government through the ministry of health.