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40 Government Vacancies - Judges of the High Court/Court of Kenya

Vacancies in the Office of Judge of the High Court/Court

With Status of the High Court

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

Judge of the High Court of Kenya (40 Posts)

Ref : V/No. 4/2013
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


The successful applicant shall serve in any High Court, Environment and Land Court or Industrial Court Station in Kenya as and when designated by the Honourable Chief Justice and shall have jurisdiction as stipulated in Articles 165 (3) and (6), 162 (2) (a) and 162 (2) (b) respectively of the Constitution or any other jurisdiction, original or appellate conferred by any legislation.

Constitutional and Statutory Requirements for Appointment:

An applicant must possess the following qualifications:
  • hold a law degree from a recognized university, or are advocates of the High Court of Kenya, or possess an equivalent qualification in a common-law jurisdiction;
  • at least ten (10) years’ experience as a Superior Court Judge or professionally qualified Magistrate; or
  • at least ten (10) years’ experience as a distinguished academic or legal practitioner or such experience in other relevant legal field; or
  • held the qualifications specified in paragraphs (b) and (c) for a period amounting, in aggregate, to ten (10) years:
  • 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.

Experience may have been gained in Kenya or in any other country with a Common Law jurisdiction.
The appointments shall be made in accordance with Article 166 (1) (b) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

Interested and qualified persons are requested to make their applications by:-

(1) Filing an online Application for Employment Form available on the Judiciary website: or clicking the vacancies link on the website. 

Applicants should upload soft copies of the following documents to the online application as provided:-

  • A letter of application
  • 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/professional 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.
  • Three of the applicant’s recent colored passport size photographs.
  • Five (5) samples of any writings by the applicant, including but not limited to judgments, advocacy submissions in courts, scholarly writings or any legal publications that the applicant has authored.
  • Declaration of income and liabilities as at the time of making the application, using the prescribed forms (The Declaration of Income, Assets and Liabilities Form JSC 2b can be downloaded from the Judiciary website – . For those who are in Government employment, attach copies of returns of declaration of income and liabilities and for those in private practice attach income tax returns, for the last three (3) years.
  • Certified copies of testimonials and professional certificates and academic transcripts.
(2) Applicants are also required to forward one (1)

To: The Secretary,
Judicial Service Commission,
P.O. Box 30041 – 00100, Nairobi.
The Commission Secretariat: Mayfair Centre
Ralph Bunche Road, Upper Hill, Nairobi. 5th Floor

So as to reach the Commission not later than 15th February, 2013

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.

The Secretary,
Judicial Service Commission.

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