President Kenyatta appoints Justice William Ouko as Supreme Court Judge


President Kenyatta appoints Justice William Ouko as Supreme Court Judge
Justice William Ouko appearing before the JSC for his interview for the position of Judge of the Supreme Court on May 5, 2021. PHOTO / COURTESY / JUDICIARY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed William Ouko as Supreme Court Judge following his nomination by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to replace retired judge Jackton Ojwang.

In a Gazette Notice dated May 13, 2021, President Kenyatta stated: “In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 166 (1) of the Constitution, I , Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, appoint Ouko William Okello to be judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya.”

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60-year-old Justice Ouko emerged top among other contenders including Justice Said Juma Chitembwe, Justice Marete Njagi, justice Matthews Nduma, lawyer Alice Yano, Justice Sergon Joseph Kiplagat and Dr. Nyaberi Lumumba.

Justice Ouko was born in 1961 in Siaya County.

He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi in 1986, a post-graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law in 1987 before he was admitted to the Roll of Advocates the same year.

In 2016, he pursued and graduated with a Master of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice from Egerton University.

Ouko has an aggregate of 33 years experience in the legal profession having served in the following capacities:

  • President of the Court of Appeal, 2018 to date
  • Appointed as Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2012
  • Appointed as Judge of the High Court in 2004. Served in Malindi, Meru and Nakuru (2004 — 2012)
  • Registrar, High Court of Kenya (2002 -2004)
  • Chief Court Administrator (1997 — 2002)
  • Deputy Registrar, Senior Deputy Registrar and Principal Deputy Registrar (1990 — 1997)
  • District Magistrate II (Professional) (1987 -1989)
  • Advocate at Mbogholi Msagha and Company Advocates (1987)

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