Supreme Court to sit on Monday after five months
The Supreme Court will sit on Monday, five months after former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga retired.
The court had been paralysed as it was not properly constituted, following the retirement on June 16, followed by the retirement of former Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal and judge Philip Tunoi.
The court is made up of seven judges and the CJ is the president of the court. It is properly constituted for purposes of its proceedings when it has five judges. But after the three retired, only four were left— judges Ibrahim Mohamed, Jacktone Ojwang, Smokin Wanjala and Njoki Ndung’u.
The three judges have been replaced by new CJ David Maraga, DCJ Philomena Mwilu and justice Isaac Lenaola. The three were interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission between August and October and their names forwarded to President Uhuru for appointment.
The Supreme Court is the highest court in the country. It mainly handles the election petition of a president in case there is a dispute.
Its decisions are binding and set precedent on all other courts in the country.