THE Judiciary

 

The Judiciary’s Leadership and Management




Judicial Service Commission -  JSC


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.

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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.

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Office 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.

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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.

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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

HON KENNEDY BIDALI THE JUDICIARY OMBUDSPERSON

The Office of the Judiciary Ombudsperson (OJO) was established by the Honourable Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga on August 1, 2011. Mr Kennedy Bidali was appointed on September, 2011 as the first Judiciary Ombudsperson.   Bidali is an advocate of the High Court, admitted to the bar in 1999. He was appointed to the bench in the year 2001 as a District Magistrate (DM2). He has risen through the ranks and was appointed Deputy Registrar in Nairobi and Nyeri Courts respectively. In 2011 he was appointed as the Deputy Registrar to serve in the Chief Justice Chambers. 

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