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JSC shortlist 10 for Chief Justice position

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The race to succeed David Maraga as the third Chief Justice after the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution, has seen only 10 candidates shortlisted for interviews.

And apart from that some nine candidates have also been shortlisted to fill in the vacancies left by two Supreme Court judges Philip Tunoi and Jackton Ojwang’ respectively.

JSC is the statutory body that is mandated to recruit a CJ and all judicial officials.

The commission said in an advert it received 13 applicants for the position of CJ and shortlisted ten.

JSC has shortlisted Justice Said Chitembwe, Prof Patricia Mbote, Justice Martha Koome, Justice Marete Njagi, Nairobi based lawyer Philip Murgor, Justice Nduma Nderi, Fred Ngatia, President of the Court of Appeal Justice William Ouko, Dr Wekesa Moni and Alice Yano.

All the current Supreme Court judges including acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu kept off the race to replace former Chief Justice David Maraga.

Those shortlisted for the Supreme Court judge position include Justice Said Chitembwe, Justice Martha Koome, Justice M’inoti Kathurima, Justice Nduma Nderi, Lumumba Nyaberi, Justice William Ouko, Justice Joseph Sergon and Alice Yano.

The public has been asked to give their views on the candidates by March 3 for consideration.

The commission is seeking to fill the position of CJ left vacant by the former holder Justice David Maraga and that of the Supreme Court of Kenya (SCOK) left by Justice Jackton Ojwang.

SCOK is key in determining presidential petitions.

In the 2017 elections, the court nullified the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta prompting another election.

There is also lobbying on the female Law Society of Kenya (LSK) candidate who will join JSC to replace Mercy Deche whose term ends in March.

The main functions of the JSC include recommending individuals to the President for appointment as judges and review and recommend the conditions of service of judges and judicial officers.

JSC also appoints, receive complaints against, investigate and remove from office or otherwise discipline registrars, magistrates, other judicial officers and other staff of the Judiciary, in the manner prescribed by an Act of Parliament.

It further prepares and implement programmes for the continuing education and training of judges and judicial officers and advise the national government on improving the efficiency of the administration of justice.

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