Six apply to fill vacant position of CJ

By Samson Kitavi
The search for the Country’s next Chief Justice has been extended for a day to Friday this week even as six people already applied to fill the vacant position of Chief Justice.
The deadline for the application has been extended by a day due to the Eid-ul Fitr holiday to be marked on Thursday.
The position was left vacant after the immediate former occupier of the office Dr. Willy Mutunga took an early exit mid last month.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has in the meantime extended the deadline for receiving applications for the position of Chief Justice from Thursday, July 7 to Friday July 8, 2016 at 5pm.
According to the JSC, the extension of the deadline was occasioned by the Eid-ul-Fitr Public Holiday falling on Thursday and that would disadvantage applicants by shortening the application period by a day.
However the extension does not apply to the positions of Deputy Chief Justice and Judge of the Supreme Court whose submission deadline is Wednesday.
Applicants for the position of Chief Justice should have been a judge of the High Court or Court of Appeal for 15 years.
Those with 15 years’ experience of practice in Kenya or in any other country with a common law jurisdiction or Commonwealth country with a common-law jurisdiction are also eligible.
The CJ position fell vacant following the retirement of Dr Willy Mutunga on June 16, 2016.


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