Officers to be trained to deal with children who violate law

By Obegi Malack

The Judiciary will establish more children courts and train all magistrates and judges on dealing with children who violate the law.
Speaking during launch of children’s Court Service Week at Ngong Law courts in Ngong towns, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu said courts are committed to ensure children interests are taken into account when dealing with their cases.
She urged parents and the community at large to play its role of protecting and guiding children.
Kajiado North Member of Parliament Joseph Manje urged parents to practice family planning, saying people should have children they can be able to take care of to reduce cases of child neglect.
He said there are many cases in court due to lack of parental role and children should be in school not in court.
“The children nowadays are counselled by media, they are responding more to the media than parents, we want the parents to take care of the children,” he said.
He said the court land in Ngong which was allegedly grabbed must be returned for judicial premises to be put up; the court is housed by the CDF offices.
The Ngong law court which was established two years ago has received 432 children cases and managed to hear 359; there are 63 cases pending.
The court had also recruited mediators through The Mediation Accreditation Committee to help in solving the children cases.

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