The court of Appeal has for the first time delivered judgment through skype calls following the outbreak of coronavirus in Kenya.

The use of the technology where video calls are made was adopted to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Court of Appeal judge Hannah Okwengu was sitting in her Nairobi office and made her ruling on 18 criminal appeal cases through skype.

They were transmitted via video link to Kodiaga and Kibos Maximum Prisons where the appellants in criminal appeals are currently held.
The Judge delivered 40 other decisions for civil appeals and civil applications through emails to parties.

The judgments and rulings are for matters heard in all Court of Appeal stations across the country.

All other courts in the country have adopted the use of technology in hearing cases and delivering judgments and rulings.

Other measures the Judiciary has put in place to mitigate the spread of the virus include conducting court sessions in the open, provision of protective gear to staff and using sanitizers.

This is in line with the National Council on the Administration of Justice decisions to scale down court activities while ensuring that justice continues to be dispensed in a timely and efficient manner.