Deputy Chief Justice of Kenya

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The Deputy Chief Justice of Kenya is the deputy to the Chief Justice of Kenya and Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Kenya. The office is established under Article 163 of the Kenyan Constitution. The office remained vacant from October 12, 2012 following the resignation of Nancy Makokha Baraza [1] Court of Appeal Judge Kalpana Rawal was nominated by the JSC to fill the position.[2] Judge Kalpana Rawal was the retired by the Supreme Court of Kenya after a case on retirement age was dismissed at the Supreme Court of Kenya on 14 June 2016.[3]

2012-2013 Recruitment[edit]

The vacant position was advertised by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on 9 November 2012. The JSC however re-advertised because it was dissatisfied by the number of applicants. The position subsequently attracted applications from 17 women and one man.[4] Those shortlisted for the position were:[5]

The justices who failed to make the short-list were Roselyn Nambuye, Fatuma Sichale, Wanjiru Karanja, Grace Wangui Ngenye, Ruth Sitati, Helen Omondi, Hannah Okwengu and Mary Ang’awa. On 22 February 2013, the JSC announced that after completing the interviews it had nominated Court of Appeal Judge Kalpana Rawal. Her appointment had to wait until after the March 4 general election because parliamentary approval is required for the Deputy Chief Justice's post. She was subsequently sworn in on June 3, 2013 after the newly elected parliament confirmed her nomination.[6]

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  2. ^ "JSC nominates Rawal for deputy CJ post". Business Daily. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Supreme Court dismisses Rawal, Tunoi appeal on retirement age". Standard Digital News. Kenya: Standard Group Ltd. 2016-06-16. Archived from the original on 2016-07-09. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  4. ^ "17 women, one man apply for Baraza job". The Star. 12 January 2013. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Five shortlisted for deputy CJ's job as top judges lose out". Business Daily. January 23, 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
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