UPDATES

Judge of the Environment and Land Court

Reference is made to Gazette Notice No. 235 of 22nd January, 2016 declaring twenty (20) vacant posts of Environment and Land Court Judges in the Judiciary. The Judicial Service Commission hereby invites applications from qualified persons for the positions.

Job details:

Job title:                                 Judge of the Environment and Land Court

No. of vacancies                   Twenty (20)

Ref:                                         V/No.1/2016.

Terms of Service:                 As per the Constitution.

Period of Service:                 Retirement at the age of 70 years with an option to retire upon

attaining the age of 65 years as per Article 167(1) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

Station:                                   Any Environment and Land Court Station in Kenya

Functions:

A Judge of the Environment and Land Court will be overally responsible to the Chief Justice and will discharge the following functions:-

(a)      Have original and appellate  jurisdiction to hear and determine all disputes relating to environment and the use and occupation of, and title to, land;

(b)     Hear and determine disputes relating to:

  • environmental planning and protection, trade, climate issues, land use planning, title, tenure, boundaries, rates, rents, valuations, mining, minerals and other natural resources;
  • compulsory acquisition of land;
  • land administration and management;
  • public, private and community land and contracts, choses in action or other instruments granting any enforceable interest in land; and
  • any other dispute relating to environment and land.

(c)      Hear and determine applications for redress of a denial, violation or infringement of, or threat to, rights or fundamental freedom relating to the environment and Land under Chapter Five of the Constitution.

(d)     Exercise appellate jurisdiction over the decisions of local tribunals in respect of matters falling within the jurisdiction of the court.

(e)      Have supervisory jurisdiction over local tribunals, persons or authorities.

Constitutional and statutory requirements for appointment:

For appointment to the position of Judge of the Environment and Land Court, the applicants must possess the following qualifications: -

(a)      Hold a law degree from a recognized university, or be an  advocate of the High Court of Kenya, or possess an equivalent qualification in a common-law jurisdiction.

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

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

(d)     Have held the qualifications specified in paragraphs (b) and (c) for a period amounting, in aggregate, to ten (10) years.

Note

  i.            The experience may have been gained in Kenya or in any other country with a Common Law jurisdiction;

  ii.            Knowledge and experience in environmental and land matters will be an added advantage;

(e)      Meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution and 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) (b) and (3) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

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

(1)   Filling an Online Application for Employment Form available at the Judiciary jobs portal: jobs.judiciary.go.ke. Applicants should upload soft copies of the following documents to the online application:-

(a)    A letter of application,

(b)   A detailed and updated curriculum vitae, to include background information such as community service, financial discipline, pro bono activity, involvement as a party in litigation and involvement in political activity including financial contribution to political party/parties (if any) 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,

(c)    Applicant’s recent coloured passport size photographs,

(d)   Five (5) samples of any professional writings, including but not limited to judgments, advocacy submissions in courts, scholarly writings or any legal publications that the applicant has authored,

(e)    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” which can be downloaded from the Judiciary website – www.judiciary.go.ke.  Applicants from Government employment should attach copies of returns of Declaration of Income, Assets and Liabilities for the last three (3) years.

(f)    Applicants must also submit copies clearance certificates from the following bodies:-

  • Kenya Revenue Authority,
  • Higher Education Loans Board,
  • Law Society of Kenya,
  • Directorate of Criminal Investigation,
  • Advocates Complaints Commission,  
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and
  • a recognised Credit Reference Bureau.

Those in private practice should attach Income Tax Returns, for the last three (3) years.

(g)   Certified copies of testimonials, professional certificates and academic transcripts.

(2)   Applicants are also required to forward one (1) hard copy of the completed Employment Application Form including all the attachments cited above.

TO:

THE SECRETARY

JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION

P.O. BOX 40048 – 00100 NAIROBI

E-mail: jscsecretariat@judiciary.go.ke

Commission Secretariat: Mayfair Centre,

Ralph Bunche Road, Upper Hill, Nairobi, 5th Floor 

so as to reach the Commission NOT LATER THAN 19TH FEBRUARY, 2016  AT 5.00 P.M.

Only shortlisted 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.


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