Nairobi, Kenya : The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, 2011.
xii, 196 pages ; 24 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Part I. Introduction I: Consolidating the legal and institutional framework to advance rule of law principles II: Promoting mechanisms that guarantee greater independence of judges III: Breaking a long tradition of government disrespect for the rule of law IV: Transforming a largely unfair criminal justice system V: Enhancing mechanisms for a broader access to justice VI: Ensuring national accountability of external funding in the justice sector VII: Conclusion. Part II. Main report Justice and the rule of law ideal: theory and practice Legal and institutiona framework Government respect for the rule of law Management of the justice system Independence of judges and lawyers Criminal justice Access to justice The role of development partners.
The premise of this report is based on Kenya's policy blueprint, Vision 2030, which places rule of law at the center of its goals. It was commenced at the same time as the nation was recuperating from the post-election poll, which resulted in many Kenyans expressing disappointment at the nations's democratic institutions. The study, produced by AfriMAP and the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, examines and makes recommendations for the following topics: justice sector and rule of law; legal and institutional framework; government track record in respect to rule of law; management of the justice system; independence of the bench and bar; criminal justice; access to justice; and the role of donor agencies.