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Republic of Kenya

The Judiciary

The Judicial Service Commission

The Judicial Service Commission of Kenya invites applications from qualified persons for the following position in the Judiciary.

Vacancies for the Office of Judge of the Employment and Labour Relations Court 

15 Posts

Ref : V/No.1/2012.

Terms of Service: Constitutional Office.

Period of Service: Retirement at the age of 70 years with an election to retire on attaining the age of 65 years.

Functions: A Judge of the Employment and Labour Relations Court shall serve in any Employment and Labour Relations Court station in Kenya and shall exercise the following functions:

(a) Have unlimited original jurisdiction in disputes relating to employment and labour relations;

(b) Have jurisdiction to determine the question whether a right or fundamental freedom in the Bill of Rights in the Kenya Constitution,2010, in employment and labour relations has been denied, violated, infringed or threatened;

(c) Have jurisdiction to hear appeals from decisions of tribunals of competent jurisdiction in disputes relating to employment and labour relations;

(d) Have jurisdiction to hear and determine any question respecting the interpretation of the Constitution in employment and labour relations including the determination of –

(i) The question whether any law is inconsistent with, or is in contravention of the Constitution;

(ii) The question whether anything said to be done under the authority of the Constitution or of any other law is inconsistent with, or is in contravention of the Constitution;

(iii) Any matter relating to constitutional powers of State organs in respect of county Government and any matter relating to the constitutional relationship between the levels of Government; and

(iv) A question relating to conflict of laws under Article 191 of the Constitution.

(v) Any other jurisdiction, original or appellate, conferred by any legislation in employment and labour relations.

Constitutional and statutory requirements for appointment

For appointment to the position of Judge of the Employment and Labour Relations Court, applicants must posses the following qualifications: -

(a) At least ten (10) years’ experience as a Superior Court Judge or professionally qualified Magistrate; or

(b) At least ten (10) years’ experience as a distinguished academic or legal practitioner or such experience in other relevant legal field; or

(c) Held the qualification specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) for a period amounting, in aggregate, to ten (10) years.


i. The experience may have been gained in Kenya or in any other Country with a common law jurisdiction;

ii. Experience in employment and labour relations will be an added advantage;

(d) Be of high moral character, integrity and impartiality. In addition, the applicants must demonstrate a high degree of professional competence, communication skills, fairness, good temperament, good judgment in both legal and life experiences and commitment to public and community service.

The appointments shall be made in accordance with Article 166 (1) (b) as read with Article 162 (2) (a) and (3) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

Interested and qualified persons are invited to make their applications by forwarding the
following: -

1. A letter of application.

2. A detailed and updated curriculum vitae summarizing the applicant’s bio-data including, background information, (such as community service, financial discipline, pro bono activity, involvement as a party in litigation and involvement in political activity including any financial contribution to any political party/parties and criminal record) legal practice/engagement for the last five (5) years, three (3) professional referees and two (2) character references who can verify and comment on the applicant’s past and present employment.

3. Completed Application for Employment Forms in triplicate – JSC 2A (for public officers) or JSC 2 (for other applicants).

4. Five (5) samples of any writings by the applicant, including but not limited to judgments, scholarly writings, legal publications or written submissions in legal proceedings that the applicant has authored/written.

5. The applicant’s three (3) recent coloured passport size photographs.

6. Declaration of income, assets and liabilities as at the time of making the application, using the prescribed form (The Declaration of Income, Assets and Liabilities Form JSC 2b). For those who are in Government employment, attach copies of return of declaration of income, assets and liabilities and for those in private practice attach income tax returns, for the last three (3) years.

7. Certified copies of testimonials and professional certificates and academic transcripts.

To: The Secretary,
Judicial Service Commission,
P.O. Box 30041 – 00100, Nairobi.

So as to reach the Commission Not Later Than 9th March, 2012

The JSC 2A and JSC 2 and the Declaration of Income, Assets and Liabilities forms are available free of charge at the Commission’s secretariat, Room 65A at the Supreme Court of Kenya Building, Nairobi during office hours. 

The forms can also be downloaded from the Judiciary’s Website –

Only short listed 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.

Judicial Service Commission.

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