Judicial Libraries

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INTRODUCTION

Judicial libraries play an important role in the dispensation of justice in Kenya library services provide the Members of the bench and the bar with “the tools of trade” as it were. The Bench is therefore able to write well researched judgments while to the bar it provides the material for arguing out cases as they out do each other in court.Its operations and management are coordinated by the Judiciary Libraries committee and is chaired by a Judge of the Court of Appeal. Presently, we have established libraries at the Court of Appeal, The Headquarters, Milimani Commercial courts, the New Milimani Law Courts and 13 High court satellite libraries country wide. The Kenyan Judicial system relies on precedent to make court rulings and judgments. All this information is available in the Libraries.

Judiciary Libraries are responsible for the dissemination of legal information to officers of the Judiciary and practicing advocates who are registered members. The Library boosts of a collection of 80,000 volumes that include assorted Law reports, law books, journals and various books on management and administration. The library also has a collection of both reported and reported judicial decisions in both soft and hard copy besides volumes of Kenya Gazettes that date back to1910. Library services are available in all High Court stations manned by professional librarians. Magistrate Courts have mini-libraries in respective magistrates’ chambers that serve judicial officers.

The Judiciary libraries also enjoy good will from various institutions that have made donations of books and equipment and books. They include BookAid International (through Kenya National Library Services), SUPKEM, Hindu Council of Kenya, Bible Society of Kenya, Kenya Society of the Blind and individual members. Future donations will be appreciated.

VISION

To be a leading provider of prompt and relevant legal information, in East and Central Africa to Judicial Officers and advocates, facilitating the timely dispensation of justice

MISSION

To organize and manage, effective, relevant and user friendly law libraries geared towards the provision of legal information to judges, magistrates, advocates and stakeholders for the just resolution of disputes while preserving the rule of law.

ONGOING LIBRARY PROJECTS

  • Creation of an e-library in laison with the ICT department.
  • Subscription to e-legal journals by December, 2012
  • Increasing the number of computers at the Braille Corner for visually impaired users.
  • Establishing law libraries in all county courts once necessary legislation is approved.
  • Equipping of the Milimani Law Courts Complex Library capacity building of all library staff.
  • Approved model of libraries that is replicated in all upcoming Law Court Buildings.

 

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