Maraga in full court dress in honour of in­de­pen­dent CJ Cockar

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Chief Jus­tice David Maraga yes­ter­day donned a red robe and white wig to at­tend the Supreme Court ‘s trib­ute to for­mer CJ Ma­jid Cockar who died on Oc­to­ber 31. He could be set­ting a trend. For­mer CJ Willy Mu­tunga typ­i­cally wore busi­ness suits since he was sworn in on June 20, 2011. Mu­tunga would oc­ca­sion­ally wear a green robe while on a full bench. Other judges at the trib­ute dressed elab­o­rately like Maraga. The CJ said Cockar saved Kenya from los­ing Sh4 mil­lion. He re­sisted the ex­ec­u­tive’s move to spend Sh13 mil­lion to build the High Court in Bun­goma in 1995. The bud­get was re­duced to Sh9 mil­lion, which was ad­e­quate.

The CJ said Cockar re­sisted in­ter­fer­ence by the ex­ec­u­tive dur­ing his four years as Chief Jus­tice. Dur­ing his ten­ure, he im­proved the welfare of judges and ju­di­cial of­fi­cers, he said.

Cockar was the sec­ond Asian CJ to be ap­pointed af­ter Chu­ni­lal Madan. He served in the ju­di­ciary for 37 years be­fore re­tir­ing to Cockar & Cockar Ad­vo­cates, which he co-owned with his brother. Af­ter the trib­ute, the CJ later ad­mit­ted 125 lawyers to the roll of ad­vo­cates.

/ MON­ICA MWANGI

For­mer CJ Abdul Ma­jid’s daugh­ter-in-law Zahida Cockar, son Haf­fez Cockar and Chief Jus­tice David Maraga in Nairobi yes­ter­day

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