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CJ sets up a five-judge bench to hear JSC cases

19 February 2014, 12:34

Nairobi – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has set up a five-judge bench to hear two Judicial Service Commission (JSC) cases scheduled for February 25, 2014.  

The Petition case No. 518-2013 that involves JSC versus the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Attorney General (AG), and Petition No. 594-2013 for Naniel Kipkosgey Rono versus the JSC and the AG will be mentioned in the morning under the Principal Judge, Richard Mwongo as stated in a press release from the Judiciary.

Mutunga stated that he considered various ingredients of judging to set up the uneven number of the bench that constitutes judicial leadership in the High Court, expertise, and experience in Constitutional matters, gender and ethnic diversity.

He said that other judges expected to preside over the cases include; Justice C. Meoli Resident Judge in Malindi, Justice H. Chemitei, Resident Judge in Kisumu, Justice Helen Omondi, the High Court Judge  in Nakuru, and Justice Mumbi Ngugi, a Judge in the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the Nairobi High Court.

Mutunga directed that due to the public interest generated in the matter, the court will consider inviting participation of amici curiae (friends of the court)  and other interested parties.

“Invitation of interested groups in case proceedings is a practice that our courts must encourage and promote,” said Mutunga

He also explained that an aspect of public participation in judging is of critical and supreme importance to the interpretation of the Constitution.

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