East African Court Takes Justice Closer to the People

East African Court Takes Justice Closer to the People

EAC Judicial Organ To Hold First-Ever Session Outside Arusha Next Week
Arusha, 13 August 2010:

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ), the judicial organ of the East African Community, will hold its session for the first time outside Arusha, to deliver a Judgement in a case that pits the Attorney General of Kenya against Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and 10 others. The landmark session is to be held Wednesday 18 August in Nairobi, Kenya.The Judgement in Appeal Case No. 01 of 2009 The Attorney General of Kenya Vs. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and 10 others will be delivered by the Appellate Division of the East African Court of Justice following an appeal by the Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya against the Judgement of the 1st Instance Division that dismissed his application for extension of time to file a reference against the Registrar’s taxation of the Bill of Costs that arose from Reference No. 1 of 2006 Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and 10 Others versus The Attorney General of Kenya and 5 Others.The Appellate Division sitting as a full bench composed of a panel of five Judges (Mr. Justice Harold Nsekela, President, Mr. Justice Philip Tunoi, Vice President, Lady Justice Emilie Kayitesi, and Mr. Justice Laurent Nzosaba) will deliver its historical Judgement in Court No. 305 at the Milimani Commercial Courts building, Nairobi, Republic of Kenya on 18 August 2010 at 9.30 am.

The Court aims to fulfil its mission in contributing to the enjoyment of the benefits of EAC integration by ensuring adherence to justice, rule of law and fundamental rights and freedoms through interpretation and application of and compliance with the East African laws.

In order to achieve this, the Court developed and launched its five-year Strategic Plan (2010-2015) last month. The Strategic Plan includes bringing justice nearer to the people by opening sub registries in each Partner State, conducting hearings and delivering rulings and judgements in the Partner States whenever the parties come from the same place. By holding this session in Nairobi, the Court seeks to implement one of its strategies as reflected in the Strategic Plan.

Additional Notes to Editors

The Treaty specifies the Court’s jurisdiction to be the interpretation and application of the Treaty. In other words, the Court’s role is to ensure that the Treaty, which is the supreme law of the Community, is adhered to in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the same. As such, it is the Court’s mandate to ensure that the Treaty and all Protocols thereto are being implemented according to the Community Law thereby guiding the EAC integration process.

The Court also has additional jurisdiction to hear and determine disputes between the Community and its employees regarding terms and conditions of employment, application and interpretation of the staff rules and regulations and terms and conditions of service of the Community.

Further, Article 32 of the Treaty confers on the Court the jurisdiction to hear and determine arbitration matters as specified under that Article. The Court may also give advisory opinion upon request by the Summit, Council, or Partner States, regarding a question of law arising from the Treaty. A protocol to extend the jurisdiction of the Court has been under discussion by stakeholders and it is hoped that this will be concluded soon.

The mood of where the Court foresees itself positioned in the entire process of EAC integration can be summarized in the crafted vision of the Court, “A world class Court dispensing quality justice for a united and prosperous Community”.

For more information please contact: Dr John Ruhangisa, Chambers of the Registrar, East African Court of Justice; Phone: +255-27-2506093; Email: ruhangisa@eachq.org Website: http://www.eacj.org

Owora Richard Othieno, Ag. Head of Department; Corporate Communications and Public Affairs; Phone: +255 784 835021; Email: othieno@eachq.org

Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania

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