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Attorney Alice Jepkoech Yano is facing a JSC panel for a CJ post – KBC

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The search for the country’s Chief Justice enters on Friday the 10th with Ms Yano Alice Jepkoech appearing before a panel of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

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Ms. Yano was born in 1968 in Elgeyo Marakwet County and has the following academic and professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi (1993)
  • Postgraduate Diploma from the Kenya Law School Act (1994)
  • Approved by the Council of Advocates in 1995
  • Following Masters in Business Administration at Nazarene University

He has a total of 25 years’ experience in the legal profession:

  • Senior Partner and Owner, Yano & Company Advocates (1995 to date)
  • County Attorney, County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet (2013 – 2014)
  • Commissioner, Commission for Constitutional Review of Kenya (2000 – 2006)
  • Legal Adviser, Kenya Industrial Estate Limited (1992

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JSC surprises candidates for the post of Chief Justice and nine others met to be filled next week for the post of High Court Judge in a process that was expected to end later this month.

Applicants interviewed so far include Judge Chitembwe Juma, Professor Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Lawyer Judge Martha Koome, Judge Marete Njagi, Senior Counsel Philip Murgor, Judge Nduma Mathews Nderi, Senior Counsel Fred Ngatia, Hon. Judge Ouko William Okello and Prof. Dr. Dr. Wekesa Moni.

All 10 JSC Commissioners – Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu (High Court), Judge Mohamed Warsame (Court of Appeal), Judge David Majanja (High Court), Ms. Olwande (High Court), Macharia Njeru (Kenya Lawyers Association) ), Ms Ann Amadi (Registrar of Courts), Mr Kihara Kariuki (Attorney General), Patrick Gichohi (Public Service Commission), Mr Felix Koskei (public representative) and Prof Olive Mugenda (public representative) – supervising election process.

The JSC Act states that the process of appointing the Chief Justice should be transparent when addressing issues of gender, age, experience and regional equality, key factors that will determine who will form the next bench.

The Chief Justice is officially appointed by the President but is appointed by the Judicial Service Commission in the process of competition and interviews.

CJ must be at least 15 years old as a law expert.

Maraga, left office after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 and handed over power equipment to Mwilu who is holding the position as acting until the Chief Justice is appointed.

The Commission was to conduct interviews with nominees before nominating a candidate to be nominated by the President with the approval of Parliament as stipulated under Article 166 (1) of the Constitution.

Section 167 (2) replaces the Chief Justice in ten years but the incumbent is required to vacate office regardless of the mandatory retirement age as stipulated in section 167 (1).

The new Chief Justice will be Kenya and the third under the 2010 Constitution.

The following week the panel was due to begin an interview with a Supreme Court judge but the Supreme Court barred it, awaiting a hearing on applications submitted by Tolphin Nafula, Philip Muchiri Damaris Wakiuru and Memba Ocharo.

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