The report documents a pressing need for judicial reform. Public confidence in the judicial system has virtually collapsed. A lack of independence in the judiciary, corruption, delays in court processes, and the costs associated with using the court system, have all served to perpetuate a widely held belief among ordinary Kenyans that formal justice is only available to an elite few.
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), in conjunction with ILAC issued the report on the 15th of February 2010. It is entitled Restoring integrity: An assessment of the needs of the justice system in the Republic of Kenya.
As a follow-up to the report, ILAC and IBAHRI held a debate on Kenya´s draft constitution and its potential impact on reducing future electoral conflict on Monday 19 April at the Bar Council for England and Wales in London. The debate, entitled On the edge: Kenya´s struggle for democratic reform, focussed on the recently passed new draft constitution, the subject of a referendum prior to 2 July 2010 as part of Kenya´s efforts to reform.