THE Judiciary

 

The Judiciary’s Leadership and Management




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The Judicial Service Commission is established under Article 171 of the Constitution and consists of the following 11 members:


  1. The Chief Justice, who shall be the chairperson of the Commission;
  2. One Supreme Court judge elected by the judges of the Supreme Court;
  3. One Court of Appeal judge elected by the judges of the Court of Appeal;
  4. One High Court judge and one magistrate, one a woman and one a man, elected by the members of the association of judges and magistrates;
  5. The Attorney-General;
  6. Two advocates, one a woman and one a man, each of whom has at least fifteen years’ experience, elected by the members of the statutory body responsible for the professional regulation of advocates;
  7. One person nominated by the Public Service Commission; and
  8. One woman and one man to represent the public, not being lawyers, appointed by the President with the approval of the National Assembly.

The Chief Registrar of the Judiciary is the Secretary to the Commission.

 




Office of the Chief Justice 

The Chief Justice is the Head of the Judiciary assisted by the Deputy Chief Justice. The Chief Justice is the President of the Supreme Court and links the Judiciary to other arms of Government.

 




Office of the Deputy Chief Justice 

The Deputy Chief Justice deputises the Chief Justice and is the vice-president of the Supreme Court.  The Deputy Justice shall be responsible to the Chief Justice in the exercise of the functions and duties of the office.


Office of the Court of Appeal  President

The Court of Appeal President is a judge elected by the judges of the Court of Appeal from among themselves to serve for a non-renewable term of five years.

The President of the Court of Appeal in consultation with the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary is responsible to the Chief Justice for the administration of the Court of Appeal.



Office of the Principal Judge

The Principal Judge is elected by the judges of the High Court from among themselves to serve for a non-renewable term of five years.

 The Principal Judge in consultation with the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary is responsible to the Chief Justice for the administration of the High Court.

 


Office of the Ombudsperson

The Judiciary Ombudsperson is mandated to enforce administrative justice in the Judiciary by addressing mal-administration through effective complaint handling structures. The office investigates any allegations of misconduct of judicial officers/ staff.   It is empowered to receive, consider and process complaints from any litigant who has grievances against the Judiciary of Kenya. It is also mandated to receive complaints by members of the public against judicial officers/staff.  It also acts as an internal conflict redress mechanism amongst staff.

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