60 Resident Magistrates Jobs in Kenya

The Judicial Service Commission is established under Article 171 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, with a mandate of promoting and facilitating the independence and accountability of the Judiciary and the efficient, effective and transparent administration of justice.

Towards achieving this mandate, JSC wishes to competitively recruit qualified persons to fill the declared vacancies of Resident Magistrate in the Judiciary establishment.


 Job Reference Number:            V/No. 9/2023

Number of Posts:                         Sixty (60)

Terms of Service:                       Permanent

Gross Salary Scale: Kshs. 123,780 – 190,000 p.m.

Job Purpose     

The job holder is required to preside over Resident Magistrate’s Court in any part of Kenya with jurisdiction as stipulated in various statutes, carry out a wide range of administrative functions for those heading stations

Reporting Responsibilities: Reports to respective Head of Station/Unit

Area of Deployment:  The successful candidates will be posted as Resident Magistrates to any court station in the country


Specific duties will include: –

  • Presiding as a Resident Magistrate in any court station in Kenya with jurisdiction as stipulated in various statutes;
  • Performing Deputy Registrars duties as stipulated in various statues;
  • Overseeing the operations of the court(s) and management of staff under his/her charge; and
  • Carrying out a wide range of administrative functions for those heading stations
  • Any other duties assigned from time to time

Job Requirements: Academic and Professional Qualifications:  

  • For appointment to the position of Resident Magistrate, an applicant must be in possession of the following minimum qualifications: –
  • A Law Degree from any recognized University;
  • A Diploma from the Kenya School of Law or an exemption by the Council of Legal Education;
  • Admission to the Roll of Advocates;
  • Proficiency in computer applications;
  • Must not have any pending complaints with the Advocates Complaints Commission, the Disciplinary Committee or adverse report from current and previous employer(s);
  • Must possess the qualifications set out in Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya
  • Experience: Three (3) years post admission experience either in private practice or other employment and a current practicing certificate.

Job Core Competencies:               


  • Oral & Written Communication Skills
  • Excellent Conceptual & Analytical Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Report Writing Skills
  • Research Skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Sound independent judgement

How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified persons are requested to make their applications by filling an Online Application for Employment Form available at the JSC jobs portal: jsc.go.ke/careers. Applicants should upload soft copies of the following documents to the online application: –


    • A letter of application;
    • A detailed and updated curriculum vitae, to include background information such as past employment record (if any), community service, financial discipline, pro bono activity (if any), past and present and legal/professional engagement;
    • Names of three (3) professional references and two (2) character references who can verify and comment about the applicant’s past and present employment or engagement;
    • Copy of admission certificate to the roll of advocates (a Must)
    • Professional and Academic certificates, academic transcripts and Testimonials:
    • 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

Appointed candidates will be required to submit valid copies of 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 recognized Credit Reference Bureau

The application must reach the Commission NOT LATER THAN 5TH MAY, 2023 AT 5:00PM.

  • Applicants MUST take note that it is a criminal offence to provide false information and documents in the job application and the same will be verified by relevant  bodies
  • 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.


P.O. BOX 40048 – 00100 NAIROBI Telephone: +254 20-2739180.

E-mail: recruitment@jsc.go.ke

Commission Secretariat: CBK Pensions Towers, 13TH Floor, Harambee Avenue,

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