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PLEAD Programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery in Kenya
Kenya’s Lamu County covers 130 kms of coastline and 65 islands. Yet this marginalized county has just two courts and people often travel long distances by boat from outer islands to access justice services. The distance to courts and expense of the journey make it difficult for some witnesses to appear in court, leading to frequent adjournments.
UNODC provided technical and logistical support in conjunction with the European Union through the Programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery in Kenya (PLEAD). PLEAD is a partnership between the Government of Kenya, European Union and United Nations aimed at improving the efficiency of Kenya’s criminal justice system and increasing the use of alternatives to imprisonment. Launched in March 2018, the five-year, EUR 34.15 million (KES 4.3 billion) programme is the European Union’s largest in the justice sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Among the objectives, PLEAD partners want to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in the backlog of criminal cases in Kenya by December 2022.