Training in the two facilities also sought to empower the prisoners to enable them access justice with emphasis on fundamental human rights, legal representation and the judicial procedures. The Meru and Nyeri Prison Justice Centres are managed and run by trained paralegals to assist other inmates self-represent in court, offer legal advice to the other inmates, educate them on criminal law and guide them on how to confidently represent themselves in court and empower the entire prison community. Kituo has played a big role in supervising the centre and provides technical assistance in legal matters that need the attention of an advocate. The prison justice centres have recorded major milestones since their launch with many petitions of appeal lodged to various High Courts within the Central and Eastern Kenya regions pending hearing and determination.
The prison paralegals refresher trainings was an activity in support of promoting access to justice for the poor and marginalized through establishment of prison justice centers with support of the Royal Dutch Embassy. Kituo trains both inmates and prison officers and also supports the prison justice centres with administrative materials including stationery, computers and printers.
On Friday, 25th January, 2019 Kituo cha Sheria joined the Nyeri Maximum Prison- King’ong’o Prison Justice Center to commemorate Access to Justice Day and graduation of 30 prison paralegals. The prison paralegals that undertook the week-long legal raining included 20 inmates and 10 prison officers. The Day was not only a celebration but also meant to empower the prisoners to enable them access justice with emphasis on fundamental human rights, legal representation and the judicial procedures. The central activity taking place during the day was a moot court skit meant to aid the prisoners in learning about bail and bond, community service order, legal representation and other judicial procedures. In attendance at the celebrations were Kituo Cha Sheria’s board Chair Mr. Anthony Mulekyo, Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Nyeri Maximum Prison, Mr. Bison Madegwa, the Deputy OIC among others. The Nyeri High Court Judge Teresia Mumbua Matheka graced the occasion as the chief guest and lauded Kituo for the noble project which seeks to ensure that Justice is not only accessible to the prisoners but that it is also realized at the Prisons. Kituo also donated law materials and equipment including a computer, printer and stationeries to support the prison justice centre.