ROAD TO CHIEF JUSTICE
Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga took early retirement and left office on June 16, giving way to the appointment of a new CJ. He retired a few hours after delivering a ruling in a case in which Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal and Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi had appealed against retiring at the age of 70, following the age cap in the new Constitution. The two were challenging a Judicial Service Commission notice to retire. They said they were hired under the old Constitution that set the retirement age at 74. In a ruling, the majority of Supreme Court judges upheld a Court of Appeal ruling that they retire at 70. After the position of CJ was declared vacant, the JSC invited qualified applicants to apply. The interviews were held from August 29 to September 15. On September 22, Justice David Maraga was nominated CJ and his name forwarded to the President, who forwarded it to the National Assembly for vetting. He was vetted on October 13. If MPs approve him, President Uhuru Kenyatta will officially appoint him and swear him in as Chief Justice.