Chief Justice Martha Koome has announced that Kenyans will soon file cases and access case information without visiting court premises as a mobile application by the Judiciary is under development.

Speaking on Monday during a virtual keynote address at the opening of the Small Claims Court Annual Symposium,she said the EJudiciary mobile app is slated for completion in April.

According to Koome, the EJudiciary app will feature a public-facing e-filing interface and an internal case-tracking system accessible through the Google Play Store.

“This mobile application will streamline court operations by enabling the public to access case information, including historical activities, outcomes, and future proceedings, without the need to visit court premises.”

“It will also facilitate the online filing of cases by law firms, advocates, and the general public, significantly reducing physical and financial barriers to accessing justice services, especially for vulnerable groups and small businesses predominantly run by women.”

CJ Koome said the app is a collaboration between the Office of the Registrar Magistrates Court and the Directorate of ICT in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“In this digital age, we must continuously look for ways to bring the court closer to the people, ensuring that geographical distance or socioeconomic status does not stand in the way of accessing justice,” she said.

The CJ also revealed that 50,666 cases have been resolved through Small Claims Courts over the last three years.

Further, she said the courts have played a pivotal role in promoting access to justice through Social transformation.

“As of last week, we had 61,269 cases filed since the rollout of SCC Courts. In addition, and worth celebrating is that 50,666 of these cases have been resolved," she added.