Chief Justice David Maraga announced the temporary closure of Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi on Wednesday July 28 after one member of staff subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
In a notice seen by 254News.co.ke, the Milimani Law Courts would be closed for a period of fourteen days with effect from Thursday July 30, with court operations being moved online.
“The closure will be necessitated to allow all members of staff at the courts to self-quarantine and thereafter get tested before resumption of physical operations” read the notice.
Milimani Law Courts during the last week had several members of staff experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19. The member of staff who tested positive had physical contact with others before testing positive.
One of the highest courts in the land joins several others who have halted operations amid positive COVID-19 cases in the facilities.
According to a statement from the Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi, two cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Makadara court, prompting for the closure.
“We direct that the court be closed for fourteen (14 days) and all Magistrates and staff to proceed on self-quarantine forthwith,” said Amadi.
The break in court operations was to allow disinfection of the premise and seeking of medical attention for those who were infected.
The Mombasa Law Court, which was also closed after coronavirus cases were confirmed among its staff, was re-opened on July 6.
The Mombasa cases were asymptomatic and have since tested negative for COVID-19.
Chief Justice David Maraga indefinitely suspended all open court activities in Mombasa following the announcement.
“Additionally, their primary contacts within the courts, totalling 118 officers, have been identified and must now go into self-quarantine with immediate effect as directed by the Ministry of Health officials,” Maraga said in a statement on Friday June 19.