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Office of the Deputy Chief Justice



Functions of Office of the Deputy Chief Justice

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




Honourable Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu
Deputy Chief Justice and Vice President of the Supreme Court




Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu is an advocate of the High Court with over 32 years experience in the legal profession. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.


She practised law in the firms of Muthoga Gaturu & Company and later Mutunga & Company Advocates. She thereafter worked as a senior legal manager at Jubilee Insurance Company, served as the Board secretary at the Electricity Regulatory Board, the Deputy Chairperson of the Energy Tribunal, and Director on the Board of Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company beforebeing appointed a Judge of the High Court in 2007.


Lady Justice Mwilu first served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi and later the High Court in Eldoret. She was later transferred to Nairobi where she served at the Criminal Division and subsequently headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court. In December 2012 Lady Justice Mwilu was elevated to the Court of Appeal where she served as a Judge of Appeal until her appointment as the Deputy Chief Justice. She took the Oath of Office as the Deputy Chief Justice on October 28, 2016.
 












FORMER OCCUPANTS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF JUSTICE




RTD LADY JUSTICE KALPANA H. RAWAL


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.

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