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Position Judge of the Supreme of Court of Kenya
Job Reference NumberV/No. 5/2016
Number of Posts 1
Terms of Service Constitutional Office,Tenure of office: As per Article 167 of the Constitution.
Work Station Supreme Court
Date registered16-Jun-2016
Opening Date of Advert16-Jun-2016
Closing Date of Advert6-Jul-2016

-For appointment to the position of Judge of the Supreme Court, an applicant must possess the following minimum qualifications:
- 1. Hold a law degree from a recognized university or be an advocate of the High Court of Kenya or possess an equivalent qualification in a common-law jurisdiction;
- 2. Possess at least fifteen (15) years’ experience as a superior court judge or a distinguished academic, judicial officer, legal practitioner or such experience in other relevant legal field or
- 3. Hold the qualifications mentioned in paragraph (1) and (2) above for a period amounting, in the aggregate to fifteen (15) years.
- (Note: Experience gained in Kenya or in another Commonwealth Country with a common-law jurisdiction will be considered) 4. Be of high moral character, integrity and impartiality.
- 5. Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.
- 6. In addition, the applicants must demonstrate a high degree of professional competence, communication skills, fairness, good temperament, making of good judgments in both legal and life experiences and commitment to public and community service.
- The appointment shall be made in accordance with Article 166 (2) (3) (a) (b) and (c) of the Constitution of Kenya as read with the First Schedule of the Judicial Service Act, 2011. Interested and qualified persons are asked to make their applications by:-
- (1) Filling an Online Application for Employment Form available at the Judiciary jobs portal: jobs.judiciary.go.ke. Applicants should upload soft copies of the following documents to the online application:-
- (a) A letter of application,
- (b) A detailed and updated curriculum vitae, to include background information such as community service, financial discipline, pro bono activity, involvement as a party in litigation and involvement in political activity including financial contribution to political party
-parties (if any) and criminal record, legal
-professional engagement for the last five (5) years, three (3) professional referees and two (2) character references who can verify and comment on the applicant’s past and present employment,
- (c) Applicant’s three (3) recent coloured passport size photographs,
- (d) Five (5) samples of any professional writings, including but not limited to judgments, advocacy submissions in courts, scholarly writings or any legal publications that the applicant has authored,
- (e) Declaration of income and liabilities as at the time of making the application, using the prescribed forms “The Declaration of Income, Assets and Liabilities Form JSC 2b” which can be downloaded from the Judiciary website – www.judiciary.go.ke. Applicants from Government employment should attach copies of returns of Declaration of Income, Assets and Liabilities for the last three (3) years.
- (f) Applicants must also submit copies clearance certificates from the following bodies:-
- • Kenya Revenue Authority, • Higher Education Loans Board, • Law Society of Kenya, • Directorate of Criminal Investigation, • Advocates Complaints Commission, • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and • a recognised Credit Reference Bureau.
- Those in private practice should attach Audited accounts and Tax Returns, for the last three (3) years.
- (g) Certified copies of testimonials, professional certificates and academic transcripts.
- (2) Applicants are also required to forward one (1) hard copy of the completed Employment Application Form including all the attachments cited above.
Duties and Responsibilities
-A Judge of the Supreme Court shall serve in the Supreme Court of Kenya and shall exercise the following functions:-
- 1. Have exclusive original jurisdiction to hear and determine disputes relating to the elections of the Office of President arising under Article 140 of the Constitution,
- 2. Hear and determine in its appellate jurisdiction appeals from the Court of Appeal and any other Court or Tribunal as prescribed by National Legislature, and
- 3. Give an advisory opinion at the request of the National Government, any State Organ, or any County Government with respect of any matter concerning County Government.
Important Information
- P.O. BOX 40048 – 00100 NAIROBI
- Tel: 254 20 – 2739180
- E-mail: jscsecretariat@judiciary.go.ke
- Commission Secretariat: Mayfair Centre,
- Ralph Bunche Road, Upper Hill, Nairobi, 5th Floor.
- So as to reach the Commission NOT LATER THAN 6TH JULY, 2016 AT 5.00 P.M.
- Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted.