Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu nominated next deputy CJ


Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu nominated next deputy CJ

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has nominated Appellate Judge Philomena Mbete Mwilu for position of the Deputy Chief Justice.

Lady Justice Mwilu beat 15 other candidates to emerge victorious in the search for Kenya’s next DCJ to replace Kalpana Rawal who retired upon attaining the constitutional age of 70 years.

In a statement, the JSC panel, through its chair, Prof Margaret Kobia, said: “Today, 10th October 2016, the Judicial Service Commission has finalized the process of evaluation of various candidates interviewed for the position of the Deputy Chief Justice.”

“The JSC has, after lengthy deliberations, recommended Hon. Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu for appointment as the Deputy Chief Justice and the name has been submitted to His Excellency the President.”

Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu graduated from the University of Nairobi and was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1984.

She practised law in the firms of Muthoga Gaturu & Company and later Mutunga & Company Advocates.

She worked as company secretary and headed a state corporation before being appointed as Judge of the High Court in 2007.

Lady Justice Mwilu also served in the Commercial Division in Nairobi, at the Eldoret High Court and the Civil Appeals sub-division of the High Court, the murder section of the Criminal Division and later headed the Environment and Land Division of the High Court.

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