NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s top judiciary body on Thursday
nominated Court of Appeal judge, Justice David Maraga, as the
country’s next chief justice to replace Willy Mutunga who retired in
The Judiciary Service Commission (JSC), which has
finalized the process of evaluation of the various candidates
interviewed for the position, said it has submitted Maraga’s name to
the president for formal appointment.
"The JSC has after lengthy deliberations recommended Justice
Maraga for appointment as chief justice, and has submitted the name
to the president," JCS chairperson Margaret Kobia said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
The 64-year-old Maraga was the third applicant to face the
vetting JSC panel during the chief justice interviews.
Maraga told the panel that he would fast-track the implementation
of the Legal Aid Act to ensure that justice is accessible to all.
He also said that he would strive to restore public confidence in
the judiciary by hiring investigators to look into complaints
against judges and magistrates.
Before being appointed a judge, Maraga was in active private
practice for 25 years covering criminal and civil litigations as
well as conveyance. In October 2003, he was appointed a judge of the
High Court and later a Court of Appeal judge in 2011.