Chief Justice Martha Koome has officially declared 11 vacancies for the position of Judge in the Court of Appeal. The announcement, made through a Gazette Notice dated January 30, 2024, indicates that the appointments will be in accordance with constitutional provisions and the Judicial Service Act, 2011.

To be eligible for consideration as a Court of Appeal Judge, candidates must possess a law degree from a recognized university or be an Advocate of the High Court. Equivalent qualifications from a Common-Law jurisdiction are also accepted. Additionally, applicants should have a minimum of 10 years’ experience as a superior court judge, a distinguished academic, or a legal practitioner, or relevant experience in another legal field.

Chief Justice Koome emphasized the importance of high moral character, integrity, and impartiality, aligning with the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity. Applicants should demonstrate professional competence, effective communication skills, fairness, good temperance, sound judgment, and a broad range of legal and life experiences, coupled with a commitment to public and community service.

The role of a Court of Appeal Judge involves hearing appeals from the High Court and other courts or tribunals as stipulated by parliamentary legislation. The retirement age for appellate judges is 70 years, with an early option at 65 years.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the Judicial Service Commission’s job portal at https://www.jsc.go.ke/index.php/careers/ for application instructions. The gross monthly salaries for the position range from Sh775,845 to Sh1,187,152, excluding benefits.

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