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Position Judge of the Environment and Land Court
Job Reference NumberV/No.2/2019
Number of Posts Twenty (20) posts
Terms of Service Seventy (70) years with the option for early retirement after attaining the age of sixty –five (65) years in accordance with Article 167(1) of the Constitution.
Work Station NAIROBI
Date registered22-Feb-2019
Opening Date of Advert22-Feb-2019
Closing Date of Advert18-Mar-2019

- For appointment to the position of Judge of the Environment and Land Court, applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications set out in Article 166(2) and (5) of the Constitution as read with Section 7 of the Environment and Land Act, No. 19 of 2011, namely: -
- (a) 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.
- (b) Have at least ten (10) years’ experience as a Superior Court Judge or professionally qualified Magistrate irrespective of whether that experience was gained in Kenya or in another commonwealth common-law jurisdiction; or
- (c) Have at least ten (10) years’ experience as a distinguished academic or legal practitioner with knowledge and experience in matters relating to environment and land or such experience in other relevant legal field irrespective of whether that experience was gained in Kenya or in another commonwealth common-law jurisdiction; or
- (d) Have held the qualifications specified in paragraphs (b) and (c) for a period amounting, in aggregate, to ten (10) years.
- (e) Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity.
- In addition, the applicants must demonstrate a high degree of professional competence, communication skills, fairness, good temperament, good judgment in both legal and life experiences and commitment to public and community service.
- The appointments shall be made in accordance with Articles 166 (1) (b) (2) (5), 162 (2) (b), the First Schedule of the Judicial Service Act, No. 1 of 2011 and Section 7 of the Environment and Land Court Act, No. 19 of 2011.
Duties and Responsibilities
-A Judge of the Environment and Land Court shall serve in any Environment and Land Court station in Kenya. The functions and jurisdiction of the Court is provided for under Part III of the Environment and Land Court Act, No, 19 of 2011, namely:
- (a) Have original and appellate jurisdiction to hear and determine all disputes relating to environment and the use and occupation of, and title to, land;
- (b) Hear and determine disputes relating to:
- • environmental planning and protection, trade, climate issues, land use planning, title, tenure, boundaries, rates, rents, valuations, mining, minerals and other natural resources;
- • compulsory acquisition of land;
- • land administration and management;
- • public, private and community land and contracts, choses in action or other instruments granting any enforceable interest in land; and
- • any other dispute relating to environment and land.
- (c) Hear and determine applications for redress of a denial, violation or infringement of, or threat to, rights or fundamental freedom relating to a clean and healthy environment under Articles 42, 69 and 70 of the Constitution.
- (d) Exercise appellate jurisdiction over the decisions of subordinate courts or local tribunals in respect of matters falling within the jurisdiction of the court.
Important Information
-Interested and qualified persons are asked to make their applications by:-
- 1. Filling an Online Application for Employment Form available at the Commission’s 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 following website – www.judiciary.go.ke.
- (i) Applicants from Government employment should also attach previous copies of returns of Declaration of Income, Assets and Liabilities for the last three (3) years.
- (ii) Those in private practice should attach audited accounts and tax returns, for the last three (3) years.
- (f) Certified copies of testimonials, professional certificates and academic transcripts.
- (g) Applicants should have valid clearance certificates from the following bodies:-
- • Kenya Revenue Authority, • Higher Education Loans Board, • Law Society of Kenya, • Directorate of Criminal Investigations, • Advocates Complaints Commission, • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and • A recognized Credit Reference Bureau.
- (h) Shortlisted candidates will be required to carry the original clearance certificates during interview.
- (2) Applicants are also required to forward one (1) hard copy of the completed Employment Application Form (JSC 2 for non-public officers or JSC 2A for public officers) which can be downloaded from www.judiciary.go.ke (downloads) and to attach all the documents cited in item No. 1 (a to g)above.
- Applicants MUST take note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the job application and the same will be verified by relevant bodies.
- The applications must reach the Commission NOT LATER THAN 18TH MARCH, 2019 AT 5.00 P.M.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification.
- The Judicial Service Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and selects candidates on merit through fair and open competition from the widest range of eligible candidates.
- THE SECRETARY JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION P.O. Box 40048-00100 Nairobi Tel- +254 20 2739180 Email: jscsecretariat@jsc.go.ke Commission Secretariat: Kenya Reinsurance Plaza, Podium Floor Taifa Road www.jsc.go.ke