Maraga in full court dress in honour of independent CJ Cockar
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.
Former CJ Abdul Majid’s daughter-in-law Zahida Cockar, son Haffez Cockar and Chief Justice David Maraga in Nairobi yesterday