Welcome to Legal Resources Foundation Trust
LRF's main thrust is in enhancing the administration of justice for the poor, vulnerable and marginalised in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals on poverty eradication, Kenya's Vision 2030, County integrated development plans, Human development and Kenya's Poverty eradication strategy. This necessitates working with actors in the justice system, legal practitioners and various governance institutions.
Engagement with The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission
Through the Prisons Reform Working Group (PRWG) LRF has been pushing for voting of prisoners in Kenya. The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) registered prisoners as voters in the just ended voter registration exercise. As a follow up to this, the PRWG the IEBC held a meeting to discuss the various emerging issues and expected outcomes in the forthcoming general Election. LRF was represented by Janet Munywoki (ED) and Sylvia Kooke (PM). The PRWG submitted a policy brief on the prisoner' right to vote as espoused in Article 38 of the Constitution. The PRWG sought clarification on the decision to allow prisoners to vote for the Presidential candidate only. The PRWG made reference to the judgment by Majanja, J in Kituo Cha Sheria v IEBC & Another  eKLR. The meeting also discussed various other issues including the data of the registered voters in prison, verification of the register of voters in the prisons, accreditation of the PRWG as election observers and areas of collaboration such as civic/voter education in prisons. IEBC undertook to develop FAQs on the prisoners' rights as a voting constituency. The PRWG will continue to engage with IEBC to realize the Rights in Article 38 for prisoners in Kenya.
Graduation for 30 Paralegals Held at The Intercontinetal Hotel
LRF in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) conducted a six phase training for 30 paralegals, between October 2016 and March 2017. The paralegals were identified from Migrants and their hosting Communities in Nairobi City and Homabay Counties (Remba, Ringiti and Mfangano Islands). Among the migrant trainees are citizens of Congo, Rwanda, Yemen, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia and Southern Sudan who live in Kenya due to various reason including, economic interests and conflict in their counties of origin among others. The topics covered in their training included Migration Laws, The Constitution of Kenya, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Land Law, Human Rights Institutional Building, SGBV, Labor relations. The training was crowned with a colorful graduation ceremony that was graced by various actors in the Justice system like the Judiciary, Constitutional Commissions, Kenya Police, Kenya Prisons and CSOs. The trainees will assist their communities to understand the local legal context.
Swearing in of Members of The National Legal Aid Board
The Legal Aid Act of 2016 seeks to roll out legal aid services for indigent Kenyans and refugees across the country. In operationalizing the Act, it is required that a Board that will oversee the running of the National Legal Aid Service be constituted. The board has representation from across various stakeholders as outlined in the Act, among them a PBO that offers Legal Aid. LRFs Executive Director, Janet Munywoki was nominated as the representative of PBOs offering Legal Aid Services in Kenya. She was sworn in on 24 th of April at the Attorney General's Office. LRF has been in the fore of promoting Legal Aid Provision in Kenya and through the Act, we will endeavor to actualize access to legal aid for the needy members of the society.
Migrant Paralegal Training at Homabay
Migrant Paralegals from Homabay County with Hon Millie Odhiambo who paid them a courtesy call during their training on 3rd of February at ACK Guest House. Hon. Millie appreciated the efforts done by LRF and all the partners who have made the trainings possible. She asked the Paralegals to especially be on the look out for human trafficking cases.
Launch of Criminal Justice System Audit Report
It is without a doubt that Criminal Justice System has undergone tremendous transformation in the recent past. The transformation process was further affirmed in the provisions of the 2010 Constitution. However, a few challenges persist that predispose the Criminal Justice System against the weak and indigent in our society. This is the first time in our history that our Criminal Justice System has been comprehensively audited, issues systematically documented and published.
The National Council on Administration of Justice (NCAJ) commissioned the Audit on 15th May, 2015 in ful?llment of its mandate to ensure a coordinated, efficient, effective and consultative approach in the administration of justice and reform of the justice system pursuant to section 34 of the Judicial Service Act (No. 1 of 2011). The Audit led by a multi sectorial steering committee of the NCAJ took a period of eighteen (18) months to be concluded. The subsequent findings contained in this Audit were validated by respective justice agencies and are therefore are a conformation of the status and recommendations that should be taken forward to address conditions of pretrial detention and case?ow management.
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CJS Audit Report official adoption by NCAJ
Legal Resources Foundation Trust and RODI team had the met the Chief Justice Hon. Chief Justice Maranga (Chairperson of the NCAJ) on 6th Dec, 2016 for purposes of CJS Audit Report official adoption by NCAJ
Report: Women outdo men in violent crimes
According to the Kenya Criminal Justice System Audit, which was commissioned by the National Council on Administration of Justice, some 49 percent of women in custody were charged with violent crimes followed by property crimes such as stealing and theft by servant at 15 percent... Read more from the Daily nation dated Wednesday 26 October 2016 on page 10
Petitioner Challenges Good Conduct Legality
The requirement for certificate of good conduct has been challenged by a petitioner, who says it is discriminatory.
Mr. Benard Ouma Omondi contends that the certificate is not recognised in law and is an illegal instrument to dicriminate against ex-convicts and accused persons. Mr. Omondi was acquitted of a crime on appeal.
Read more onthis story from the Daily Nation dated 18th August 2016
Training of Prison Officers on UNSMR at Kericho
LRF works towards ending explicit legal discrimination, extending the protection of the rule of law and strengthening state and non-state actors on protection of human rights. LRF together with DIAKONIA-SIDA conducted training on human rights for prison officers at the Kericho Main Prison on 20th to June 24, 2016. The main aim of the training was to improve the culture of respect for human rights in detention facilities. This can only be achieved by enhancing a positive attitude among officers to inmates on respect of human rights, preparing the officers for the implementation of the Prison Act 2015 once it is enacted and helping Police officers understand what is in for them in protecting and promoting the rights of inmates. Prison officers in Kericho County were trained on United Nations Standard minimum Rules on the treatment of offenders. The session reached, a total of thirty 30 (11 female & 19 male) prison officers.