This year’s conference is very special and focuses on access to justice in crises situations. The Conference theme “access to justice for all in a socio-economic crisis: lessons from a global pandemic Covid-19”. It comes at a time when countries are now more concerned with not only containment measures about the pandemic but also building back the economy better.
Access to justice is a basic principle of the rule of law andAccess to justice is a basic principle of the rule of law andcomponent of justice. It is a right guaranteed under internationalinstruments and the Constitution of Kenya. Accessing justice iscomplex and can be difficult especially for the vulnerable andmarginalized members in the society due to inequality, socioeconomicstatus, gender bias and stereotypes in the justicesystem. I fully appreciate the work done by various entities in thejustice system in promoting access to justice in their variousspheres. The academy plays a pivotal role in access to justice asit is through its training that lives of those responsible foradministering justice is initially shaped.