The Judicial Service Commission in Kenya has invited applications from interested persons to replace replace the retired Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga.
It is competitive process…
Thereafter, the Commission shall shortlist those who meet the required professional thresholds of 15 years as an advocate or judicial officer, or the same period as a legal academic or legal practitioner of note. In addition, there is the requirement of high moral probity coupled with established integrity by the applicants.
The Commission will then make an advertisement with a list of all the applicants and specifying the shortlisted candidates who will then be invited to attend interviews at a specified date.
The candidates will then be interviewed on the dates specified often in public which will then be followed by deliberations by the Commission to determine the person best qualified among the interviewed candidates.
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Once a candidate is determined to be suitable, He or she will be presented to National Assembly to conduct a public vetting for the candidate and determine their suitability or otherwise to occupy that office.
The nominee is then required to appear before the Committee of Legal and Constitutional Affairs for scrutiny in determining fitness of the office beyond the professional requirements of the office of Chief Justice.
In Tanzania, just like many other African countries, Chief Justice is appointed by the President.
By Mike O’mera, Nairobi