Chief Justice David Maraga has on Wednesday July 29 ordered the closure of the Milimani Law courts for a period of 14 days after a judiciary staff member tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement CJ Maraga stated that one staff had physical contact with others before testing positive while during the last week several members of staff exhibited symptoms similar to those of covid-19.
“The leadership of the Judiciary, in consultation with the Leadership of Milimani Law Courts and as well as the Ministry Of Health, has taken the necessary steps to suspend physical court operations”, part of the statement read.
According to Maraga the 14 day closure which takes effect from Thursday July 30, will allow all the members of staff at the Milimani Courts to commence self-quarantine measures, adding that Covid-19 tests will be conducted on the staff before the resumption of court business.
Maraga adds that only extremely urgent matters will be dealt with on the online platforms.
“…extremely urgent matters shall be dealt with on the online platforms. Respective Heads of Division will issue directions on the handling of matters that will be affected by the closure”, Maraga stated.
A week ago on July 22, The Judiciary announced the closure of Makadara Law Courts after two judiciary staff members tested positive for Covid-19 within the law courts.
Milimani law Courts was also closed down between July 24 and July 25 to allow for disinfection and fumigation in a bid to fight the virus at the courts.
The closure now comes at a time that the virus continue to bite, with Kenya recording 544 new cases on Wednesday July 29, to raise the country’s case load to 19,125 cases.