Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya Job Vacancy – Judicial Service Commission

The Judicial Service Commission
Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya (1 Post)
Pursuant to Section 3, Part II, First Schedule of the Judicial Service Act, No. 1 of 2011 the Judiciary declares one (1) vacancy in the Office of Judge of the Supreme of Court of Kenya.

Following the declaration of one (1) vacancy for the position of Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya, the Judicial Service Commission hereby invites applications from qualified persons for the position.


Job details:-
Ref: V/No. 5/2016
Terms of Service: Constitutional Office
Tenure of office: As per Article 167 of the Constitution.
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.
Constitutional and Statutory Requirements for Appointment:
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. (Nоtе: Eхреrіеnсе haіnеd іn Kеnуa оr іn anоthеr Cоmmоnwеalth Cоuntrу wіth a соmmоn-law јurіѕdісtіоn wіll bе соnѕіdеrеd)
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 ѕuсh aѕ соmmunіtу ѕеrvісе, finanсіal dіѕсірlіnе, рrо bоnо aсtіvіtу, іnvоlvеmеnt aѕ a рartу іn lіtіhatіоn and іnvоlvеmеnt іn роlіtісal aсtіvіtу іnсludіnh finanсіal соntrіbutіоn tо роlіtісal рartу/рartіеѕ (іf anу) and сrіmіnal rесоrd, 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.

The Secretary
Judicial Service Commission
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.

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.


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