JSC picks 20 for High Court judge positions
Chief Justice Martha Koome has forwarded the names of 20 candidates interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission for High Court judges to President William Ruto for appointment.
Those picked by the JSC for positions of High Court judges include Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi and former Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) boss Patricia Nyaundi.
Also set to become a High Court judge is law scholar Prof Sifuna Wanyama. Others include Patricia Njeri, Josephine Wambua, Diana Rechel, Prof Sifuna Wanyama and Sheriff Mwanaisha. Also set for the judges’ positions are Heston, Nyaga, John Mugwini, Peter Mutua, Gregory Mutai, Robert Wananda, Samuel Mohochi, Francis Rayola, Freda Mugambi, Florence Wangari, Teresia Achieng and Visram Aleem.
While forwarding the names to the President, Koome said the JSC panel had interviewed all the applicants and picked 20 who met the requisite conditions set for the interviews.
“After lengthy deliberations and careful consideration of the performance of the various candidates and based on constitutional imperative of merit, gender, regional balance, affirmative action and public interest, the JSC has recommended the appointment of the under listed to the Office of High Court and has submitted their names to the President for an appointment,” the CJ said.
The 20 judges were appointed following interviews for the thirty candidates who had been shortlisted for the posts in August this year.
The interviews were delayed after the High Court barred the JSC from conducting them following a suit filed by the Katiba Institute.
JSC in March this year advertised for 20 positions of High Court judges where 266 candidates applied but the interviews which were to be conducted on July 18 to August 24 were reschedule until this month.