Jan, 18th 2021 – The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is expected to declare the chief justice position vacant to kick start the process of recruiting the successor of David Maraga.
Immediately the position is declared vacant and gazetted, JSC will receive applications from those who are eying the position in 21 days. Some of those eying the position are Supreme Court Judges Njoki Ndung’u, Smokin Wanjala, Mohamed Ibrahim, Isaac Lenaola, Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, and Court of Appeal presiding Judge William Ouko. They will later scrutinize the applicants and shortlist for interviews.
Those shortlisted will be subject to public scrutiny and memoranda will be allowed to oppose any applicant with reasons. Any applicant who has questionable character will be given the opportunity to defend themselves.
Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi said, “Should any member of the public raise any negative or shortcoming issue about any of the applicant, the individual mentioned would be given an opportunity to defend him/herself over the allegations.”
JSC will thereafter interview and recommend one candidate for appointment by the president, subject to national assembly approval.
The Commission issued a statement saying, “Following publication of the notice, the search for a candidate and the recruitment process and its attendant timelines will be governed and conducted in accordance with all the relevant provisions of the Constitution and the Law.”