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Position Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya
Job Reference NumberV/No. 6/2016
Number of Posts 1
Terms of Service Constitutional Office,Tenure of office: As per Article 167 of the Constitution.
Work Station Supreme Court
Date registered17-Jun-2016
Opening Date of Advert17-Jun-2016
Closing Date of Advert8-Jul-2016

- For appointment to the position of Chief Justice, the 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 (1) (a) (2) (3) 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 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.
Duties and Responsibilities
- The Chief Justice shall be the Head of the Judiciary and the President of the Supreme Court and shall be the link between the Judiciary and other arms of Government.
- Specific functions will entail:-
- 1. Convening and Chairing the Judicial Service Commission meetings.
- 2. Assigning duties to the Deputy Chief Justice, the President of the Court of Appeal, the Principal Judge of the High Court and the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary.
- 3. Giving an annual report to the Nation on the state of the Judiciary and the administration of justice.
- 4. Exercising general direction and control over the Judiciary.
- 5. Chairing the National Council on Administration of Justice.
- 6. Overseeing the management and administration of the Judiciary Fund.
- 7. Discharging any other functions as required of him or her by the Constitution and any other legislation.
Important Information
-(2) Applicants are also required to forward one (1) hard copy of the completed Employment Application Form including all the attachments cited above.
- TO:
- P.O. BOX 40048 – 00100 NAIROBI
- 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 7TH JULY, 2016 AT 5.00 P.M.
- Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted.
- Canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification.