Supreme Court sends DCJ Kalpana Rawal, Justice Philip Tunoi home


Rawal Tunoi

Deputy Chief Justice Rawal and Justice Philip Tunoi will now have to retire after the Supreme Court declined to temporarily suspend its orders to retire them.

In the ruling, Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga indicated that with the three judges of the court having excused themselves from hearing the matter, the court, therefore, lacked the needed quorum to hear the 21-day stay application by the judges’ lawyers.

On Wednesday, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) had ordered the two to proceed on retirement immediately.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Director of Communications in the Judiciary Naim Bilal confirmed that the retirement letters to the respective judges had already been dispatched.

In an advert seen published today in local dailies, JSC has subsequently advertised for the position of the Deputy Chief Justice and the Supreme Court and have invited those interested to send in their applications on or before July 6th, 2016.

With the Chief Justice’s retirement today, the country’s apex court stands crippled from handling any cases until the replacement of the trio.

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