Justice Oscar Amugo Angote holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL B) degree from the University of Nairobi and Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Environmental Law from the same university. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi. His research area for the PhD program is ‘Conservation of Riparian Land in Kenya: A Contestation between Land Rights and Environmental Protection.’
Justice Angote was admitted to the Bar as an advocate on 12th April, 2001. He practiced law as a litigation counsel in the firms of Kiogora Mutai & Company Advocates and Ndung’u Njoroge & Kwach Advocates between 2001-2007, before joining the then Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission. While at the Kenya Anti-Corruption, he instituted several civil cases across the country to recover illegally acquired public land.
Justice Angote is one of the pioneer Judges in the Environment and Land Court, having been appointed as such on 3rd October, 2012. Upon his appointment, he was posted to Malindi where he worked from November, 2012 to December, 2016. In January, 2017, he was transferred to the Environment and Land Court, Machakos where he was stationed as a single Judge until August, 2021 before being transferred to Milimani in Nairobi.
It was while at Milimani that Justice Angote was elected as the Presiding Judge by a college of 51 Judges of the Environment and Land Court on 17th July, 2022, a position he will hold for a period of five years. As the Presiding Judge of the court, he is the liaison person between the court and the Office of the Chief Justice, including supervisory roles. Other than being the Presiding Judge, he handles disputes relating to land and environment, just like any other Judge at Milimani.
Justice Angote has authored and published several Articles including: ‘Environmental Litigation in Kenya: A Call for Reforms’ (Journal of Conflict Management and Sustainable Development (CMSD) Volume 3, 2019); ‘The Land Control Board Consent and the Doctrine of Constructive Trust’ (Law Society of Kenya Journal, 2019); and ‘Evictions in Kenya: Which Way Under the New Constitution and the Land Laws (Amendment) Act 2016’ (Journal of CMSD, Volume 2 2018). The Judge has also been involved in the training of magistrates and Judges in his area of specialty.