Judicial Service Commission

Meeting he Judicial Service Commission with Journalists in Nairobi in August 2016, Group Picture
Meeting he Judicial Service Commission with Journalists in Nairobi in August 2016, Photo: judiciary.go.ke

This is what Art. 172 of the Constitution says about the Judicial Service Commission (The composition is provided for in Art. 171)

“Functions of the Judicial Service Commission.

172. (1) The Judicial Service Commission shall promote and facilitate the independence and accountability of the judiciary and the efficient, effective and transparent administration of justice and shall—
(a) recommend to the President persons for appointment as judges;
(b) review and make recommendations on the conditions of service of—
(i) judges and judicial officers, other than their remuneration; and
(ii) the staff of the Judiciary;
(c) appoint, receive complaints against, investigate and remove from office or otherwise discipline registrars, magistrates, other judicial officers and other staff of the Judiciary, in the manner prescribed by an Act of Parliament;
(d) prepare and implement programmes for the continuing education and training of judges and judicial officers; and
(e) advise the national government on improving the efficiency of the administration of justice.

(2) In the performance of its functions, the Commission shall be guided by the following
(a) competitiveness and transparent processes of appointment of judicial officers and other staff of the judiciary; and
(b) the promotion of gender equality.”

For legel details on how the Commission should work see the Judicial Service Act, 2011

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The JSC is one of the independent constitutional commissions. These common rules apply.

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