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The Judicial Service Commission

The Judicial Service Commission is established under Article 171of 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.

The functions of the Judicial Service Commission are to promote and facilitate the independence and accountability of the judiciary and the efficient, effective and transparent administration of justice and in doing this the JSC is to—

  1. recommend to the President persons for appointment as judges;
  2. review and make recommendations on the conditions of service of judges and judicial officers, other than their remuneration and the staff of the Judiciary;
  3. appoint, receive complaints against, investigate and remove from office or otherwise discipline registrars, magistrates, other judicial officers and other staff of the Judiciary, in the manner prescribed by an Act of Parliament;
  4. prepare and implement programmes for the continuing education and training of judges and judicial officers; and
  5. advise the national government on improving the efficiency of the administration of justice.

In the performance of its functions, the Commission is guided by competitiveness and transparent processes of appointment of judicial officers and other staff of the judiciary and the promotion of gender equality.


Hon. Justice Dr. Willy M. Mutunga, Chief Justice / President of the Supreme Court of Kenya 
Hon. Dr. Justice Smokin Wanjala, Commissioner/ Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya 
Hon. Justice Mohamed Warsame, Commissioner/ Judge Court of Appeal 
Hon. Justice Aggrey Muchelule, Commissioner/Judge of the High Court of Kenya  

Hon. Prof Tom Ojienda, Commissioner/Senior Counsel
Hon. Prof. Githu Muigai, Commissioner/ Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya 
Hon. Emily Ominde, Commissioner/ Chief Magistrate, 
Hon. Florence Muoti Mwangangi, Commissioner/ Advocate of the High Court of Kenya 
Hon. Prof. Margaret Kobia, PhD, Commissioner 
Hon. Rev. (Dr.) Samuel Kobia, Commissioner


Anne Atieno Amadi - Chief Registrar of the Judiciary




This is to notify members of the public that the Judicial Service Commission will be conducting promotion interviews for the underlisted Judicial Officers to fill existing vacant positions. In line with the policy of the Commission on public participation, members of the public are invited to submit in writing any information of interest in relation to any of the Judicial Officers. Take note that the Commission shall interview any member of the public who has submitted any information on any of the Judicial Officers and such information shall be held in confidence. The information should be submitted to the address indicated below on or before 6th August, 2014.

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