Aroni to start off interview for deputy chief justice as 16 line up to face JSC panel
Eleven of them are sitting judges, while two men have sought to become the second in command at the judiciary — David Waihiga, Isaac Rutenberg
Some 16 candidates will battle it out for the job of deputy Chief Justice, with interviews starting next week.
Eleven of the candidates are sitting judges, while two men have sought to become the second in command at the judiciary. They are David Waihiga and Isaac Rutenberg.The remaining three are also not sitting judges.
Both failed to make it for the shortlist but were handed a chance by a court order. Judiciary communications director Naim Bilal said the Judicial Service Commission is likely to announce the successful candidate for the CJ position on Friday.
The commission will thereafter embark on the interviews for the DCJ, followed by interviews for a Supreme Court judge. The first to appear before the JSC panel will be High Court judge Abida Ali-Aroni followed by Court of Appeal judge Agnes Murgor.
On Tuesday, the panel will interview Fatuma Sichale and Hannah Okwengu, both judges of the Court of Appeal.
Joyce Majiwa and Lydia Achode will follow on Wednesday and Thursday will be the turn of Martha Koome and Pamela Tutui.
Justice Aroni went into private practice after being admitted as an advocate in 1986 and later served as a commissioner and vice chairperson of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission.
She was appointed High Court judge in 2009. In 2013, the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board found her unsuit- able to continue serving, but she got her job back after filing a review.
Justice Roselyn Nambuye will have a second bite after making it to the Chief Justice shortlist. The Court of Appeal judge was among 23 judges affected by the judiciary purge in 2003, following a report by Justice Aaron Ringera.
She challenged her removal but before the case was heard, President Mwai Kibaki removed her name from the list of suspended judges. Nambuye resumed duty and was appointed head of the Family division of the High Court. She was elevated to the Court of Appeal. Justice Achode is a former High Court Registrar (now the title is judiciary chief registrar) and was appointed High Court judge in 2011, while justice Karanja has risen from a magistrate to her current position on the Court of Appeal.
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