JSC reschedules interviews of the new high court judges

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has rescheduled interviews for the recruitment of 20 new High Court judges set for today.

In a statement, the commission said the decision was taken to allow more time for responses to complaints against some of the shortlisted candidates.

“Having reviewed the complaints lodged and responses by the candidates, the JSC resolved that affected candidates be accorded a fair hearing and be given an opportunity to provide better particulars and clarification as required by the law,” said Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi.

JSC also said the rescheduling of the exercise will provide more time for stakeholder engagement.

The exercise will now commence from 3rd of October and run until 3rd of November.

This is after the vacancies were advertised on 24th of March 2022, and a total of 104 candidates were shortlisted.

They include the Deputy Supreme court registrar Daniel Kanyinke, Chief Magistrate of Makadara Law Courts Emily Ominde and the President of the Kenya Judges and Magistrates Association Derrick Kuto.

Others are Nyeri Law Courts Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo and Anti–Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi.

The interviews will be conducted by a panel led by the Commission’s Chairperson and Chief Justice Martha Koome.

Also sitting on the panel are Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu, Justices David Majanja and Mohamed Warsame and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki.

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