CJ Maraga announces 11 new Court of Appeal judges


CJ Maraga announces 11 new Court of Appeal judges
File image of Chief Justice David Maraga. PHOTO| COURTESY

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has recommended the appointment of 11 judges to the Court of Appeal from a list of 35 applicants who were shortlisted and interviewed.

In a press briefing on Monday, the commission, through Chief Justice David Maraga, said the appointment of the judges would raise the number required from the current 19 to 30 judges.

“Having deliberated and considered all the necessary parameters the commission has concluded that the following are the most suitable candidates to be recommended for appointment,” said Maraga.

The judges include Justice Odunga George Vincent, Lady Justice Ngugi Grace Mumbi, Justice Odunga George Vincent, Justice Korir Weldon and Justice Msagha A Mbogholi.

Others include Justice Tuiyott Francis, Lady Justice Omondi Hellen Amolo, Lady Justice Nyamweya Pauline, Justice Muchelule Aggrey Otsyula, Justice Kibaya Imaana Laibuta and Justice Joel Mwaura Ngugi.

The Law Society of Kenya Representative to the commission Macharia Njeru has, however, opposed the list saying the commission disregarded his proposal to include at least two lawyers.

“I made a strong case for appointment of at least two lawyers being members of the LSK from private practise who had passed the agreed passmark as opposed to appointing all from the Judicary … My case was dismissed by the rest of the commission,” said Njeru.

The new team was selected following advertisements placed in the local dailies on February 22, 2019, where 113 applications were received and from which 35 were shortlisted.

The Judicial Service Commission is set to forward the names to the President for appointment.

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