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The Judicial Service Commission (JSC), the body mandated to initiate the process of finding a replacement for Mr Justice Evan Gicheru, has decided to open the door to outsiders. And the candidates eyeing the job will have 21 days in which to submit their applications. This was among the issues that the JSC agreed on yesterday in a meeting held at the High Court, Nairobi. According to sources privy to the meeting, the commission also agreed that both the positions of Chief Justice and his deputy will be advertised in the Kenya Gazette and all local dailies on Friday. The advertisements will also be placed on the Judiciary website and the Kenya Law Reports website. The advertisement was prepared by a committee of the commission made up of Mr Justice Isaac Lenaola, magistrate Emily Ominde, lawyers Ahmednasir Abdullahi and Florence Mwangangi and High Court registrar Lydia Achode. However, the commission could not give a time frame within which it will complete the exercise of sifting through the applications and forwarding the final names to the two principals. Under the Constitution, a person applying for the job of chief judge should have 15 years’ experience as a superior court judge. Alternatively, the candidate should have at least 15 years’ experience as a distinguished academic, judicial officer or legal practitioner. Process stalled The process of replacing Mr Justice Gicheru stalled after President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga failed to agree on the President’s nomination of Mr Justice Alnashir Visram. The President had nominated Mr Justice Visram as Chief Justice, Prof Githu Muigai as Attorney-General and lawyer Kioko Kilukumi as the Director of Public Prosecutions. The President had also nominated Mr William Kirwa for the post of Controller of Budget. However, Mr Odinga claimed he had not been consulted as required by the Constitution and the National Accord.

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