ELRC Updates

Judge Ongaya elected new ELRC Principal Judge

WEDNESDAY, October 19, 2022. Judge Ongaya elected new ELRC Principal Judge

Justice Byram Onyaya has been elected the new Principal Judge (PJ) of the Employment and the Labour Relations Court (ELRC).

He takes over from Judge Maureen Onyango who has served as the Court’s Principal for five years since 2017.

Justice Ongaya won against Justices Jorum Nelson Abuodha and Nzioki Wa Makau who also contested for the position.

The Kenya Judiciary Academy (KJA) Director Justice Dr Smokin Wanjala who presented a Certificate of Election to Judge Ongaya congratulated him for being elected as the Court’s PJ.

Justice Ongaya said he was humbled by the judges’ expression of confidence in him to serve as their Principal Judge.

He said that the workload of the court is heavy and asked judges, Judiciary’s administration and various stakeholders to support him deliver on the court’s mandate and the vision of the Judiciary of Social Transformation through Access to Justice.

Justice Ongaya was appointed Judge of the ELRC in 2012. He has served in Nakuru, Nyeri, Nairobi and Mombasa.  He holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the University of Nairobi. He attained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nairobi in 1998. He was admitted to the Roll of Advocates of the High Court in 2000.

The Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC) is established under Article 162 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.  It has exclusive and appellate jurisdiction to hear and determine all disputes relating to employment and Labour relations as highlighted under Section 12 (1) of the Employment and Labour Relations Court Act.


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