Justice William Ouko has been sworn in as the second President of the Court of Appeal of Kenya. The ceremony was presided over by Chief Justice David Maraga.
Justice William Ouko was elected to serve as President of the Court of Appeal in March 2018, by the judges of the Appeal Court.
Justice Ouko takes over from Justice Kihara Kariuki who had served as President since 2013 and was appointed the Attorney General of Kenya by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Office of the President of the Court of Appeal is established by Article 164 (2) of the Constitution. The President is elected in accordance with Article 164 (2) of the Constitution. He/she is expected to serve for a non-renewable term of five years.
Justice Ouko is a long serving judicial officer who joined the Judiciary in 1987 as a District Magistrate II (Professional) rising to become a Deputy Registrar of the High Court in 1989. Later in 1997, he was promoted to serve as the first Chief Court Administrator in the Judiciary.
Justice Ouko was appointed to the position of Registrar of the High Court in 2002. During this period, Justice Ouko served as Secretary to the Judicial Service Commission and Secretary to the National Council for Law Reporting (NCLR).
He was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 2004, and as a Court of Appeal Judge, in 2012.
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.