David Maraga Named Kenya’s New Chief Justice

The Judicial Service Commission has named Justice David Maraga as the successful candidate for the position of Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya.

Justice Maraga, 64, was the third candidate to be interviewed for the Chief Justice post.

During the interview, Maraga said that in his first year in office he would restructure the Judiciary Ombudsman so it can be headed by a senior serving or retired jurist, who would investigate complaints against judges.

Maraga added that he would open an email address where complaints could be sent, as suggestion boxes are outdated and ineffective.


His name will be forwarded to President Uhuru Kenyatta for formal appointment.

Here is a brief background of Maraga who hails from Nyamira County.


He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, LL.B, and a Masters of Law, LL.M, from the University of Nairobi.


Before being appointed a Judge, David Kenani 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.


Written by How Africa

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