On Tuesday, 23rd November 2021, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary for Defence officiated the opening of a two day workshop for judge advocates from the Judiciary of Kenya taking up Court Martial Duties at the International Peace Support Training Centre.
The seminar which was presided over by Brigadier Yvonne Kerubo, Chief of Legal Services Defence Headquarters aims at enhancing the advocates’ knowledge on the mandate of the court martial and the military justice system. A total of twelve (12) members of the judiciary, Military Police as well as military legal officers are participating in the workshop to improve understanding on the mandate of the Court Martial.
Other issues to be discussed include; Importance of Military Discipline, Relationship between Military Discipline/ Command Structure and Rule of Law, Military Justice System and Limitation of Constitutional Rights, Provost Services and Investigation, Service Law whose scope is (KDF Act 2012, Rules & Regulations, Defence Forces Standing Orders/ Instructions).
The Court Martial is mandated to enforce laws as per the Kenya Defence Forces Act 2012. The court-martial which falls under the subordinate courts is semi-autonomous. Judge advocates serving in the court are appointed by the Chief Justice and are responsible for the proper discharge of functions to the Chief Justice.