DR. WILLY MUTUNGA, D.Jur, SC, E.G.H.
CHIEF JUSTICE/PRESIDENT, SUPREME COURT OF KENYA
PROFILE OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE
Dr. Willy Mutunga is senior counsel and an Advocate of the High Court in Kenya. He has a Bachelors of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi, Masters Degree from the University of Dar es Salaam, and a PhD from York University (Osgoode Hall Law School) in Toronto, Canada.
A committed activist in the pro-democracy movement in Kenya since the 1970s, Dr. Mutunga has worked in a number of prominent human rights organizations throughout the country, and has also been an active member of the university staff trade unions. His work in the pro-democracy movement, notably with the pro-democracy Twelfth of December Movement, made him a target of Moi’s Kenyan African National Union (KANU) party, and he was imprisoned from 1982-83. He has since spoken out enthusiastically on behalf of political prisoners.
Dr. Mutunga was Chair of the Law Society of Kenya from 1993-95. He is also the author of a number of widely published articles on the rights of detainees, the role of NGOs and civil society in democratization, the constitutional rights of Kenya’s nomad pastoralists, and the rights of tenants.
He is a former Board Member of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development in Montreal. He has also been a consultant, and has written for or edited numerous human rights and civil society publications.
Until his appointment as the Chief Justice, Dr. Mutunga was the representative for the Ford Foundation in Nairobi, overseeing all grant making in the Eastern Africa region, mainly focusing on human rights and social justice and protection of women’s rights.
Hon. Lady Justice Kalpana H. Rawal
Deputy Chief Justice/ Vice President, Supreme Court of Kenya
PROFILE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF JUSTICE
Justice Kalpana Rawal is an advocate of the High Court with over 40 years experience in the legal profession. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws degrees in Constitutional and Administrative Law (LLM).
She practised for three years under the tutelage of the then Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court, Justice P. N. Bhagwati, who later became the 17th Chief Justice of India.
She taught administration and regular police officers at Lower Kabete and was admitted to the Bar as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1975.
Justice Rawal was the first woman lawyer to set up a law firm in Kenya - K. H. Rawal Advocates in 1975 where she practiced until her appointment as Commissioner of Assize in 1999.
She was appointed as the Liaison Judge for Kenya making her a member of the International Hague Network of Judges in 2010. She assisted the International Criminal Court (ICC) in taking evidence of security officers in the investigation into Post Election Violence of 2007-2008.
She was Chair the Commission of Enquiry into the causes and circumstances surrounding and leading to Police Helicopter crash in June 2012 in Kibikio, Ngong Forest in which six people were killed including Internal Security Minister, Professor George Saitoti and his Assistant Minister, Orwa Ojode.
Justice Rawal joined the judicial service as a High Court judge in 2000. Until her appointment as the Deputy Chief Justice, Rawal was judge of the Court of Appeal.
Justice Rawal hails from a long line of distinguished lawyers. Her father was a retired Judge of the Senior Court of Gujarat and her grandfather was Deputy Law Minister in the State of Kutch, India.
She earned the Elder of the Order of Burning Spear (EBS) in December, 2012.
She took Oath of Office as the Deputy Chief Justice before President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga on June 3, 2013.