The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has appealed an order issued by the High Court last week stopping them from conducting interviews for selection of a Supreme Court judge and also preventing any deliberations or considerations for Chief Justice, until a petition before the court is determined.
Philomena Mwilu, acting Chief Justice [Photo/Courtesy]
On 21 April 2021, Judges Wilfrida Okwany, Reuben Nyakundi and Anthony Mrima issued the orders after 4 petitions moved to court challenging the process of selection of Chief Justice, raising several constitutionality issues. The court however allowed the interviews for Chief Justice to process.
An order was also issued to prevent start of interviews for judge of Supreme Court, which were scheduled to start today, 26 April 2021.
The JSC led by SC Danstan Omari is before the Appeals Court today, appealing the decision by the High Court. Three judges are hearing the matter; Judge Roselyn Naliaka Nambuye, Judge Patrick Kiage and Judge Sankale Ole Kantai.
The three petitions which were consolidated into one on Wednesday last week are challenging several issues, among them the legality of Prof Olive Mugenda being in charge of the said interviews, while Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu was present.
David Maraga, former Chief Justice [Photo/Courtesy]
10 candidates were interviewed for the position of Chief Justice, but selection of next Chief Justice will have to await a decision by the courts on the filed appeal.
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